The new Baguio City Police chief

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By Briccio Cesar Domondon

Council Reports

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


THE need to infuse new blood in the Baguio City Police ranks was answered when the City Mayor Mauricio Domogan finally chose, after a suspenseful albeit deliberate period of contemplation, a new chief of police for the City of Baguio. The choice of the mayor in the person of Police Superintendent Jesus Cambay Jr., - to head the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) - may not come as a surprise to some but I expect that to many residents what they simply want is someone who can finally muster the courage to maintain vigorously, peace and order in the locality.

This is the challenge posed to the new BCPO director and one that may yet bring him to new heights in his career as a police officer. What the city needs is a revitalized BCPO willing to go the extra mile in securing the lives and property of the residents of the Baguio especially in these troubling times where the propensity to commit crimes is stoked by a struggling economy. In other words the citizenry of Baguio is in need of a focused, dedicated, action driven, and no nonsense leader of the BCPO willing to transform his organization into a cohesive unit that is more or less sympathetic to the aches and pains of the common tao.

This may have been what the City Mayor had in mind when he chose Superintendent Cambay to head the BCPO considering the result of the search committee which evaluated all the applicants to the position where it was revealed that the new chief of police was chosen because he alone stood out, having the best performance rating, from among the other applicants. The mayor was also quick to point out that the said performance ratings of the applicants were supplied by the Police Regional Office–Cordillera Region (PORCor) and not by the search committee.

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It then becomes clear that when the Mayor chose Police Superintendent Cambay to become the top cop of the City it was with the expectation that his stint here would be based on performance and how the people and the City will understand and accept his actions as those required for the job.

Of course it goes without saying that being the top cop of the City is no easy task considering the various problems on peace and order routinely encountered by the police during their daily chores around and within the locality. But that is their job, to serve and protect, and it goes with their territory. Superintendent Cambay may yet prove himself capable of assuming all the duties of being the top cop of the City, and to his advantage is the fact that he is from here and is quite familiar with the locale and has already served in Baguio although in a different capacity and office.

On a lighter side, I have met Superintendent Cambay, several times, back when he was still the head of the PNP Highway Patrol Group in the City and I found him to be quite an amiable guy, not easily swayed by opinion and seemingly of stern demeanor, and yet possessing an easy smile that can catch you off-guard. He may look young when compared with his predecessors but therein lies his other advantage in that he can perhaps, more easily relate and connect with the troubled younger generation.

The die has been cast so to speak, the ball is now in the hands of Superintendent Cambay to prove to everyone that a correct choice was made in making him the top cop of the City. Personally, I think that he will acquit himself quite well as the new BCPO Director.

Finally, the City Council will almost certainly expect Superintendent Cambay to make the customary courtesy call after he will have been sworn in as the new chief of police and during that moment they will have all the opportunity to ask him whether the City will rest easy knowing that he is around.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 29, 2012.

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