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Napolcom leads 2011 National Crime Prevention Week kickoff rites

MANILA, Aug. 31 — National Police Commission Chairman and Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo and other top officials of the Napolcom and the Philippine National Police will lead the kickoff ceremony to mark the start of the 2011 National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) celebration from September 1 to 7.

“The kickoff ceremony symbolizes our commitment to many things that an empowered citizen should do in the cause of peace,” Robredo said.

The NCPW, which is observed annually every first week of September, is now on its 17th year with the theme, “Pinoy Ako, Crime Prevention Misyon Ko! Knock Out Crime!”

The kickoff ceremony, to be held at the PNP Multipurpose Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City, will be participated in by some 1,000 representatives from the business sector, student groups, schools and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Robredo said that this year’s theme encourages young Filipinos to adopt crime prevention as their special duty or function, considering that safety, first and foremost, is a personal or individual responsibility.

The yearly observance of the NCPW is an opportunity to highlight the synergy of the various government agencies and NGOs, particularly the youth sector, in fighting criminality, Robredo said.

“The importance of community involvement in crime prevention is paramount in our government’s policy and has been widely advocated with regard to crime prevention initiatives, and there is a need to focus on the significant role of the youth community-based crime prevention efforts,” he said.

One of the highlights of this year’s kickoff ceremony is the announcement and awarding of winners in the nationwide search for the PNP Model Families, family and solo-parent categories, the first of its kind in the PNP. (PNA)

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