CPPO to assign 4 Swat teams around Cebu-A A +A
Sunday, February 23, 2014
NEW teams will be added to the Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) of the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) in April.
And instead of being stationed in the provincial police headquarters, the new members of the elite team will be assigned in the north and south of the province.
“Daghan incidents nga dili na maabtan sa Swat kay diri pa magikan sa headquarters.
Mao igabot didto kay human na (Sometimes the Swat team doesn’t get there on time because they have to come from headquarters. When they get there the incident is over),” said Senior Supt. Noel Gillamac, CPPO director.
The new teams will be assigned at police stations in Talisay City and Naga City in the south and at police stations in Danao City and Bogo City in the north.
Their training, Gillamac said, started last Feb. 18 and will last for 45 days.
It’s taking place at the Regional Police Public Safety Battalion headquarters in Sibonga.
The Swat is a team of policemen specially trained to handle hostage negotiations, kidnap incidents, terrorists and heavily-armed persons.
Their training will include shooting, close-quarter combat, rappelling, assault from the sea and nighttime operations.
Before the training, Gillamac said they screened interested police officers. Some did not pass after failing the medical examination.
“We discovered that some of them have medical problems, such as hernia,” he said.
Applicants must be a police officer 1 to police officer 3 and physically and mentally fit. They had their background checked to ensure they are qualified.
Some of the Swat members, Gillamac said, are retiring.
The CPPO currently has two Swat teams, which have 20 operatives.
Several government officials have expressed their support for the new Swat members, such as providing motorcycles.
Naga City Mayor Valdemar Chiong said his city will earn the distinction of becoming the first among local government units in the province to have its own Swat team.
Chiong said they’ve set up around P1.5 million for the training.
Earlier, the mayor asked the CPPO to create a Swat team to combat potential criminals that may be attracted to the city’s economic growth.
Naga City has 40 police personnel and needs 70 more personnel to help secure the city.
In another development, Cebu City Police Office Director Noli Romana yesterday relieved three police station chiefs.
Talamban Police Station Chief Jose Gesto will be transferred to the Cebu City Public Safety Company (CCPSC). Senior Bienvenido Miral, deputy chief of CCPSC, will replace Gesto.
Romana, when interviewed by Sun.Star Cebu, cited many reasons for Gesto’s relief, including the rising crime incidents in his area of responsibility.
Mambaling Police Station Chief Michael Angelo Beltran and Punta Princesa Police Station Chief Gerald Suquib will swap places.
Based on his leadership skills, Romana said Beltran is more suited in Punta Princesa while Suquib is capable of handling a bigger police station. (DSM/With a report from JKV)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 23, 2014.