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Impact of Operation Plan Lambat Sibat on Crimes in the Municipalities of Pampanga, Philippines

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Operation Plan Lambat Sibat (OPLS) has in its core a centralized crime reporting system which allows police officers to analyze data and identify crime hot spots and crime patterns. The success of the OPLS has been proven and documented in the National Capital Region hence, it is now being implemented in other regions. This study looked into the impact of OPLS in Pampanga to the crime volume before and after its implementation. The instruments used in this study were the legal documents (record books) of every participating police station in the whole province. Protocol on Ethics was properly observed. 3,921 cases of street crimes were reported before the implementation of OPLS. After its implementation street crime cases dropped to 1,260. Significant differences in the crime volume before and after the implementation of OPLS were attained specifically in murder cases (t = 3.955, p < .01), homicide cases (t = 2.358, p < .05), physical injury cases (t = 3.034, p < .01), robbery (t = 3.178, p < .01), theft (t = 2.250, p < .05), car napping of motor vehicles (t = 3.669, p < .01), and car napping of motorcycles (t = 2.970, p < .01). Poverty seems to be the main cause of crime. To prevent crime successfully, the Police units should involve the support of civic organizations, the religious and education sectors in meaningful activities that embrace good governance to establish police credibility among the populace, and police officers becoming instruments in strengthening family values.
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Keywords: Crime Prevention; Crime Volume; Operation Plan Lambat Sibat; Pampanga; Philippines

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Philippine National Police, 3rd Regional Public Safety Battalion, Lubao, Pampanga, Philippines 2: Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University, Bacolor, Pampanga, Philippines 3: De La Salle University, Taft, Manila, Philippines 4: De La Salle Araneta University, Malabon City, Philippines 5: Domican College of Tarlac, Capas, Tarlac, Philippines

Publication date: July 1, 2018

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