Oplan ‘Clean Riders-alpha’ to stamp out motorcycle-riding criminals says CL police chief

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CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga – In a bid to prevent motorcycle-riding lawless elements from carrying out their criminal activities, the Central Luzon police launched Tuesday an improved version of the “clean riders” project, a strategy that could easily identify motorcycle owners utilized in crime within region 3 areas, Chief Supt. Amador Corpus announced.

“The scheme is to tag all motorcycles with stickers issued by the local police after the owners presented legal documents (OR/CR) as basis before the motorcycle owner is considered a clean rider,” said Corpus adding that the project is being supported by every local government unit in Central Luzon.

The sticker of each province, Corpus said has its own corresponding colors for authorities to easily identify the origin of motorcycle spotted in specific place. Region 3 has seven provinces including two cities, including Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales and Angeles City and Olongapo City.

Oplan “Clean Riders” was launched previously by Pampanga Provincial Police Office and was found to be effective in the police campaign against motorcycle riding-in-tandem criminals. Since its inception, thousands of motorcycles, mostly undocumented, have been taken out of the streets and placed under the police custody, said Supt. Fe Grenas, chief of the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) Public Information Office.

Corpus said motorcycle owners from 3,102 barangays across the region will be notified to bring their units to the nearest police station for “clean rider” tagging. He said a data base for all members of the motorcycle group organization is being maintained by the local police offices.

Motorcycle enthusiast mostly members of different riders organizations in Central Luzon and Metro Manila participated in the “clean rider” – alpha re-launched, considered as the biggest gathering of riders at least in one setting in this regional police camp.

Corpus said the activity is part of the anti-crime awareness program of the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3). He said coordination is being exerted with motorcycle dealers in Central Luzon for the success of the project.

Two years ago, Central Luzon PNP under then Chief Supt. Rudy Lacadin launched similar activity dubbed as Ride Against Crime, a show of force by various motorcycle clubs to the PNP. The groups serves as force multipliers in combatting criminals.

“Motorcycle groups are big help in the police anti-crime effort,” said Corpus.

Participants in the clean rider-alpha project have been told to register where they are issued identification cards as proof that the owner of the unit is a law-abiding citizen by presenting the legal documents including ownership, certificate of registration and official receipt issued by corresponding government agency.

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