CCPO told: Step up police visibility

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

POLICE Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Danilo Constantino lamented the lack of police visibility in Cebu City.

In a news conference yesterday, Constantino called the attention of Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Director Noli Romana and reminded him to be consistent in the deployment of policemen in the city.

“Parang on and off lang ‘yung police visibility. Sometimes may makikita ka, (on) other days wala,” said Constantino.

Romana, for his part, said he will take what Constantino said positively.

“I will take it very positively. I will also talk to the field commanders why he (Constantino) was able to say that,” said Romana.

The CCPO director explained that at least two personnel are deployed in different areas.

But if there is a huge crowd, these policemen will not be recognized easily.

“I will closely check, kasi pag ako ang umiikot dito sa city, mero naman police.

Siguro kung maraming tao lang medyo hindi nakikita ang mga police natin (because if I go around the city, there are police officers around. Maybe, in crowded areas our police could not be easily detected,” said Romana.

Constantino emphasized the need for policemen, especially in congested areas because of the Yuletide season.

He said churches and malls are among the areas that need police security.

Romana said he will supervise the deployment of policemen and that instead of three shifts in every police station, there will only be two shifts starting today.

He explained that reducing the shifting schedule is one way of maximizing the police personnel because there will be more men on duty.

Two shifts

Romana said that from 40 to 60 personnel per station, in two shifts there will be at least 20 men on duty.

At least three policemen will be assigned in the office, while the rest are deployed.

But he said this is not even enough considering the wide scope of areas every police station has.

Despite this and the additional force multipliers, it takes much responsibility in guarding the city, he said.

“The threat will always be there. Ang sa atin lang, let us be vigilant,” Romana added.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 19, 2013.

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