City cop council chairman wants auxiliaries to beef up police force-A A +A
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
THE chairman of the Police Coordinating and Advisory Council (PCAC) yesterday disclosed they proposed to tap the services of some 100 unrecruited police applicants who will serve as police auxiliaries in Cebu City.
PCAC chairman chairman Eugene Elizalde sees the need of the police auxiliary in the city to beef up the police force in maintaining peace and order.
The Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) now only has a little over 900 policemen compared to 1,200 personnel 10 years ago.
Elizalde said the CCPO needs additional personnel and tapping the unrecruited police applicants can be of great help.
He requested for the proposal a P10-million budget to be included in the supplemental budget (SB) 2 of the City Government.
Elizalde said he wants the police auxiliaries to be paid the minimum wage, and if they perform well, they might be recruited to the police force.
That’s the plan,” he said.
However, the Pcac chairman learned that his request was not included in the list of programs and projects to be funded under SB2.
Mayor Michael Rama, for his part, welcomed the proposal of Pcac but admitted it is not included in his priority list.
The mayor, however, assured PCAC that funds for the recruitment of police auxiliaries will be included in the annual budget for next year.
It was the mayor who brought the idea of recruiting police auxiliaries in the city by tapping security guards who are members of Philippine Association of Detective and Protective Agency Operators Inc.
The City, though, failed to get a circular from Camp Crame authoritzing the guards.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 11, 2012.