By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
To test the capabilities and preparedness of the police and other government agencies for the upcoming 2019 midterm elections, the San Juan City Police conducted a simulation exercise (SIMEX) on Thursday.
The SIMEX, led by Chief of Police Sr. Supt. Dindo Reyes, was staged to measure the preparedness of the police force, local government unit, Commission on Election (COMELEC), City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, Department of Education (DepEd) and City Traffic Office in different untoward scenarios during the polls.
The simulation involved a reported ballot-snatching incident inside a polling precinct where two men entered the precinct and forcibly took the election paraphernalia from the Board of Election Teller (BET).
The supposed snatchers then quickly escaped towards Santolan Road.
The “San Juan Shield” was immediately activated to try block the two fleeing men.
After 10 minutes, the suspects were arrested in a checkpoint along Barangay Pasadena, San Juan City.
In his evaluation, Police Community Relations Group Chief Administrator Sr. Supt. Godfrey Convento said all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) were all followed by San Juan Cops.
Convento also recommended that all policemen continuously adapt and improve their techniques to stop the threat and its perpetrators.
Reyes, on the other hand, said that, with the SIMEX, the police will be able to identify the gaps that require improvements to ensure the smooth and peaceful conduct of the election.