Bacolod gets 50 more cops

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

FIFTY more policemen were deployed to the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) to beef up its roster of personnel starting December 26.

Senior Superintendent Edgardo Ordaniel, acting city police director, said Friday that the augmentation force came from the Western Visayas Regional Public Safety Battalion.

Ordaniel said the 50 policemen have been assigned to different police stations.

On January 2, they will also assist in the clean-up activity of the Task Force "Maninlo Kita para sa Kaayohan."

The assignment of the 50 policemen has increased the number of BCPO personnel to 652.

Ordaniel thanked the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Western Visayas headed by Chief Superintendent Josephus Angan for the deployment of additional policemen because the BCPO lacks personnel.

He said the 50 new policemen will also receive a P1,000 cash assistance from the City Government starting January.

Earlier, Ordaniel said that some police stations lack vehicles to immediately respond to crime incidents and that he is hoping the City Government will give additional vehicles to the BCPO.

He said that station commanders are also using their own vehicles and motorcycles to respond to crime incidents.

Ordaniel said Mayor Monico Puentevella has directed them to address crime incidents, particularly those perpetrated by "akyat-bahay" (house burglars).

Meanwhile, Ordaniel said a team from PRO-Western Visayas inspected the deployment of additional personnel to the BCPO.

The inspection was led by Superintendent Leonardo Angcon, deputy for operation of PRO.

Angcon also checked the reports of BCPO submitted to the police regional office.

Ordaniel said Angan is also scheduled to visit the BCPO and the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office in the coming days.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 29, 2013.

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