3,085 arrested in QC in just 24 hours for minor offenses

By Alexandria San Juan

More than 3,000 persons were rounded up for violating different laws and city ordinances in Quezon City in the last 24 hours, which is the highest number of violators arrested since the start of its anti-criminality operations last June.


Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Director Chief Superintendent Joselito Esquivel Jr. said that his personnel nabbed a total of 3,085 violators of law and city ordinances from 5 a.m. of August 14 to 5 a.m. of August 15.

More than half of the violators, or 1,568, were apprehended for jaywalking.

This was followed by a total of 707 persons arrested for smoking in public places, and 432 people caught for roaming shirtless.

Among the 12 police stations under QCPD, Kamuning Police Station (PS-10) had the highest number of apprehensions with a total of 720 violators.

These included 248 who were nabbed for smoking in public places, 11 for roaming half-naked in public places, 439 for jaywalking, four illegal barkers, two illegal vendors, nine traffic violators, one for illegal parking, and six for urinating in public places.

Personnel of QCPD-Cubao Police Station (PS-7) were able to arrest 554 violators, while Novaliches Police Station (PS-4) apprehended 327 persons.

Meanwhile, Masambong Police Station (PS-2), and Talipapa Police Station (PS-3) nabbed 314, and 242 violators, respectively.

Less than 200 violators were collared by members of the remaining police stations.

Esquivel said that those rounded up were either reprimanded, fined, or charged.

The total number of the latest apprehensions of the QCPD is the highest, so far, since they launched operations on violators of law and city ordinances last June which started on the crackdown of 'tambays' or loiterers on streets in the middle of the night.