400 cops to be deployed in cemeteries-A A +A
Monday, October 29, 2012
MORE than 400 personnel from the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) will be deployed in all cemeteries in the city to provide security to the public during All Souls’ and All Saints’ Day on November 1 and 2.
Police Superintendent Gerardo Rosales, Cocpo director, said police personnel will be deployed starting October 31 until November 2 to provide 24-hour security to residents visiting their departed loved ones at the Bolonsori cemetery in Camaman-an and at the Greenhills Memorial Park, Golden Haven, Bulua Public cemetery and Divine Shepherd Memorial Park, all located in Barangay Bulua.
“There will also be a police assistance hub in all cemeteries,” he said.
According to Rosales, personnel who are doing foot patrol along the streets of Divisoria, Cogon, Agora and Carmen areas will continue to provide security to the public.
Cagayan de Oro City Councilor Ian Mark Nacaya, chair of the committee on police, fire and public safety, earlier authored an ordinance prohibiting bringing of liquors and loud speakers in cemeteries.
Nacaya said the celebration calls for sobriety and respect to others who offer prayers in silence for their dearly departed.
He also urged the public to immediately report to police personnel any suspicious looking individuals and untoward incidents.
“Think safety and act safely always,” Nacaya said. (Abigail Chee Kee Malalis)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 30, 2012.