Stations told to improve maintenance of police vehicles-A A +A
Saturday, September 29, 2012
THE blue jeep-type police vehicle that fell off a cliff in Mantalongon, Dalaguete had a recent maintenance check-up, but the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) will still look into the possibility that the incident was caused by a mechanical problem.
With this, CPPO Director Patrocinio Comendador reminded police station chiefs to inspect their patrol cars before hitting the road.
“We must always be safety-conscious,” he said.
In Lapu-Lapu City, the police conduct monthly maintenance checkups of all its vehicles.
Apart from that, only those with professional driver’s license can drive the patrol cars, said SPO2 Rodito Viovicente, deputy chief of the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office’s (LLCPO) police community relations branch.
Last Thursday dawn, two policemen and a municipal driver were killed after the patrol jeep they were riding fell into a 60-foot ravine in Mantalongon. They were driving back to the police station after securing a benefit dance.
Investigators are looking at human error, a mechanical problem or bad weather as probable cause of the accident. A liquor test showed that the policemen were not drunk.
Viovicente said they make sure that those who drive the patrol cars are not drunk or drowsy.
“The driver needs to be extra cautious,” he said.
Except for some cases, Viovicente said they only allow a police officer to drive their patrol cars, especially when they conduct operations.
Each of the five police stations of LLCPO has a patrol car. Mayor Paz Radaza recently turned over four additional patrol cars to LLCPO.
Once a month, all patrol cars are brought to the LLCPO headquarters for inspection.
Aside from ensuring the safety of the police officers, Viovicente said their patrol cars are regularly inspected so these can last long.
Comendador said old vehicles are still road-worthy provide they are well maintained.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 29, 2012.