THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) does not receive intelligence funds from the City Government despite the approved budget coursed through the Office of the City Mayor.
The amount of which and how it was being expended was "confidential" nature.
The non-receipt of the intelligence funds was confirmed Wednesday, October 4, by Senior Superintendent Jack Wanky, acting director of BCPO, who presented to the City Council, which acted as a committee of the whole, the crime statistics/index in the city.
“We don't have intelligence funds. I have proposals for special operations,” he said.
Councilor Caesar Distrito, who chairs the committee on finance, said the intelligence funds are confidential in nature and the said funds were made available to the Office of the City Mayor, based on the guidelines of the Department of Budget.
Despite the non-receipt of the intelligence funds, Wanky has declared Bacolod as generally peaceful.
The crime statistics showed a decrease between 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
Councilor Ricardo Tan, chairman of committee on police matters, said he received information that the crime rate in Bacolod has increased especially with the celebration of the MassKara Festival.
“We want to address this matter as peace and order is a public concern. We want our people and tourists to experience a truly joyful, peaceful and orderly life in Bacolod beyond the MassKara Festival,” Tan added.
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on October 05, 2017.
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