THE Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) is now preparing to step into the digital age. A multi-sectoral group will be helping the local police launch the first Cocpo website.

The project, entitled “Cocpo Network,” will be undertaken through the concerted efforts of the city government, Cocpo, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro, and Sticky Media Solutions Inc.

The memorandum of agreement signed last June 3 by all heads of said organizations—Mayor Constantino Jaraula, Senior Supt. Noel Armilla, Eagles president Reynaldo Jampit, Rotary president Ric Gabaon, and Sticky Media Solutions CEO Michael Turner—defined the responsibilities and functions of the parties involved.

The city government’s role is to help promote the website being the primary beneficiary of the project. The police will provide all the data and information necessary for the website, while Sticky Media will be in charge of the computer technology and technical aspects of the operations (software and programs, website-making and maintenance, uploading and downloading, and other functions).

The civic groups’ (Rotary and Eagles) main task is to provide support to the project through information dissemination.

According to Turner, the Cocpo website (www. cocpo.org) will contain basic information of the Cocpo and all its precincts, including list of police officers, contact numbers, public announcements, among others.

Turner said the website is just the first stage in the four-phase project that will be developed within a 10-year timeframe.

The second phase will be the development of a centralized database system where police precincts can store and update their files like blotters, and which can be accessible by all precincts using the Internet and Intranet.

Still on the drawing board are Phases 3 and 4 which would involve installation and networking of security cameras in key spots and establishments around the city that Cocpo can access.

The camera feeds can be used by the police in monitoring and responding to criminal activities in some areas in the city.

The third phase would also make use of gathering and recording of data profiles of suspects including mug shots and finger prints using the biometrics technology. Since this database will be accessed in real-time, suspects can easily be identified, and it will also allow all police precincts to identify people with previous records and charges within minutes, even if their biometric data was recorded in another precinct.

With the realization of the project, Turner said he is optimistic that crimes in the city would dramatically be reduced. He said having a peaceful city is “good for business.”

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