Oro cops seal guns for holidays

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

THE Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) officials sealed the muzzles of the officers’ firearms to prevent firing of guns this holiday season.

The covering of firearms was conducted during Cocpo’s flag-raising ceremony at the city hall Monday.

Chief Inspector Lemuel Gonda, of Cocpo’s Operations and Plans branch, said it has been their tradition to seal with tape all service firearms of the city’s law enforcers to avoid the temptations to fire shots during the revelry.

The seals will be removed in early January to see who among the police personnel fired their weapons during the holidays. Those whose firearm seals are broken may be asked to explain.

Gonda said he is hoping that the city’s police would not use firecrackers during the Yuletide celebration to set as models to their neighbors and the youth.

He also assured that police officers will be visible on the streets to respond to any emergencies and secure the city from criminals.

Gonda said churches, automated teller machines (ATMs), malls and other busy areas would be given utmost attention by the police.

He added that Cocpo will check its people on the field from time to time to monitor if they are present at their assigned areas. Policemen found not on their post during the roll call could be liable of administrative sanctions.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 24, 2013.

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