Roxas City cops to becomecybercrime busters

TWO policemen of the Roxas City Component Police Station (RCPS) are undergoing training to go after cybercriminals. Lieutenant Colonel Francisco Paguia, RCPS chief, said in a radio interview that the online world has also given opportunities for lawbreakers to victimize unsuspecting netizens. Based on data, at least 58 of the 59 cybercrime complaints recorded in the province last year are from the city, a shoot-
up from the 22 incidents in 2022. Most of the recorded complaints are identity theft or the illegal acquisition and use of a person’s private identifying information for fi nancial gain. “Some of our complainants are discouraged to pursue their charges even as the problem lodged to our station is consistently referred to our Police Regional Offi ce (PRO-6) in Iloilo City,” Paguia said. Paguia added that a time will come when RCPS will soon have experts to handle cybercrime cases. The city’s top cop also reminded the public to preferably transact face-to-face and request the other party in an online transaction to a video chat, if possible, to reveal his or her identity. RCPS was adjudged first runner-up Best City Police Station for the component city category at the national level during the 122nd Police Service Anniversary in Camp Crame in Quezon City last year.