By Alexandria Dennise San Juan
A total of 2,452 persons who were caught violating law and city ordinances were nabbed in Quezon City in its latest anti-criminality operations, the highest number of apprehensions since they launched the campaign in June.
Quezon City Police District Director, Chief Superintendent Joselito Esquivel Jr., said that some 2,452 violators of law and ordinances in the city were rounded up from the morning of August 6 up to morning of August 7.
Most of the violators or at least 1,451 arrested were caught for jaywalking, followed by 633 persons apprehended for smoking in public places.
Combined data from the 12 police stations of QCPD also showed that 115 were nabbed for roaming around shirtless, 55 for drinking liquor in public places, 49 for loitering, and 39 motorcycle-riders for not wearing helmet.
QCPD personnel were also able to rescue 76 minors all over the city for violating the curfew hours set by the local government.
Other violators included illegal vendors, people urinating in public places, and illegal barkers with 15, 12, and seven persons who were apprehended, respectively.
Among the 12 police stations under QCPD, Batasan Police Station (PS-6) obtained the highest number of apprehensions overnight with a total of 517 persons, including three who were caught for smoking in public places, 486 for jaywalking, six illegal barkers, four for drinking liquor in public place, and 18 minors for violating discipline hours.
Kamuning Police Station remained on the second spot for most numbers of violators apprehended with 474 persons nabbed, wherein 156 were caught smoking in public places, seven for roaming half-naked, 287 for jaywalking, and 24 for driving motorcycle without protective helmet.
The latest number of apprehensions of QCPD in its continuous intensified anti-criminality operations is the highest, so far, since it started the campaign in June.
From June 13 to August 7, QCPD already had total apprehensions of 21,530 the second highest numbers of violators nabbed following Eastern Police District with 40,918.
Esquivel said that first-time violators were warned, while some were either reprimanded, fined, or charged, and then eventually released.#