Bohol News Daily

Barot explains one-strike policy

SO what happened when some chiefs of police still stand on their town posts despite successful
operations by other units in their areas of responsibility?

According to the Philippine National Police doctrine of one-strike policy, to weed out non-performing
chiefs of police, any officer whose area of responsibility still nets illegal activities as evidenced by a
raid by a higher unit, he should be booted out as top cop.

“That however, is not always the case,” explains Pssupt. Constantino Barot at the recent Talakayan
sa Isyung Pulis (TSIP) hosted by Loon in Cabilao island.

While admitting that there have been chiefs of police sacked for their inability to produce results on
mandated campaigns against illegal drugs, gambling and other illegal activities, the Bohol police chief
said there are police officers who provide the information that resulted in the successful raid in their
areas.

At the TSIP, the Negrense police officer also implied that there are cases when local police can not
mobilize for the reason that criminals are familiar with the men they easily slip out when they smell
the presence of local cops.

We can not say they were remiss in their jobs because they provided all the information and
coordinated with the higher unit to produce positive results.

In Bohol, police Director Barot named several of these police chiefs who have retained their posts
and were not booted even with the raids conducted by the Camp Dagohoy-based Provincial Public
Safety Company comprised mostly of specially trained special weapons and tactic team.

Bohol police find themselves challenged by Governor Edgar Chatto to dent on two separate orders:
perform anti-illegal gambling and anti-drug operations over and above their usual anti-criminality and
other law enforcement tasks.

The top cop also said the problem of going against drug and illegal gambling is that these are “highly
organized groups who have set up their own intelligence networks.”