THE Eastern Police District (EPD) is stepping up its crime reporting strategy and getting the public more engaged with policemen.
This after EPD director Senior Supt. Bernabe Balba launched a new website, an online reporting tool to easily allow residents and community to report suspected criminal activities, police officer misconduct, violation of city ordinances or suspected terror threats and also to interact with cops.
Reports to EPD should be within the areas of Pasig, Mandaluyong, Marikina and San Juan cities.
In a formal launching held on Monday at the EPD headquarters in Pasig City, Balba said their new website, @epd-pnp.org, intends to give the public more direct access to report crimes.
The launching was attended by EPD command group Senior Supt. Florendo Quibuyen, District Deputy for Administration (DDDA) Senior Supt. Florante Flores, District Deputy Director for Operations, and Senior Supt. Orlando Yebra Jr., Chief District Directorial Staff (CDDS) and District Advisory Council (DAC) composed of judiciary, business sector, academe, local government units, media and youth.
Balba explained the website shall provide a forum for people to send concerns and complaints on various policing issues.
The process has been made as simple and easy as possible. People can simply click “e-Report” on the EPD website @epd-pnp.org, to begin the process and follow the online steps then write complaints, querry and suggestions on the online report form.
The information sent by the public through the EPD website can be accessed only by officials from EPD’s information technology department. The new EPD website enables the public to report the crime in their area and seek the assistance they might need.
“Anyone who wanted to report crimes, criminal activities in their area, complaints from abusive cops, suspected threat or kahit maliit na krimen may mga tao tayong 24/7 nakatalaga para tumanggap nito na sila lang ang makakakita na tiyak na maaksyunan at tutugunan agad ang reklamo,” Balba told Journal Group during the launching.
However, Balba explained that if they received a report from anonymous individuals they will have to conduct a further validation to determine if the reports or complaints are valid and true.
“Kapag ’yung reports, complaints or concerns mula sa hindi nagpakilalang tao na sensitibo ’yung reklamo o confidential daw hindi kaagad sasagutin ng online handlers, magsasagawa muna kami ng further validation from concern stations, bago maglabas ng kasagutan sa binigay na report ng isang hindi nagpakilalang tao, baka paninira lang or kung anuman,” the official added.
The EPD new website which is separate from the EPD’s Facebook Account- EPD Ang Pamamarisan and Twitter account- @epdpio., is a service authorized by the EPD.