Zamboanga police office gets new guns

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

THE Zamboanga Peninsula police command has received from the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters 573 Glock 17 .9-mm handguns for the policemen assigned here in the region, a police official announced.

Senior Superintendent Edwin de Ocampo, Zamboanga Peninsula police logistics chief, said the handguns arrived Friday afternoon at the regional headquarters in this city.

De Ocampo said the handguns, which were purchased by the PNP national headquarters, will be issued in January 2014 to policemen who still have no issued service firearms.

De Ocampo said more than 200 of the handguns will be distributed to policemen under the Zamboanga del Sur Police Office (ZDSPO) and another more than 200 to personnel assigned with the Zamboanga Sibugay Police Office (ZSPO).

The rest of the handguns will be distributed to policemen with no service firearms of the mobile group of Zamboanga del Norte, de Ocampo said.

Among the police commands wherein all the personnel have issued service firearms are the Zamboanga City Police Office, Zamboanga City Public Safety Company, Zamboanga del Norte Police Office, Pagadian City police command and Isabela City Police Office.

Meanwhile, De Ocampo said the policemen with new issued firearms will have to undergo proficiency test two months later to ensure they know how to properly use their handguns.

He said the handguns of those policemen who will fail the test will be temporarily recalled and will be required to undergo training.

“They will be required to undergo a 15-day training of handling firearms before they could take the proficiency test again to be issued a service firearm,” he said. (Bong Garcia)

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