MABALACAT -- The newly installed officer-in-charge of the town police here said he will create a Drug Enforcement Unit that will go after drug pushers.

Superintendent Rolly Mendoza said he will pursue the plan of his predecessor, Superintendent Gregorio Lim, to form a body which will focus on drive against illegal drugs.

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"We will continue the plan of Superintendent Lim to create the DEU, which I think may greatly help in our operation against illegal drugs," Mendoza said.

Last Thursday, Mendoza officially replaced Lim, who was relieved on January 8.

The acting chief of police said he would also intensify campaign against all forms of criminality.

Mendoza vowed to address the increasing number of crimes, including robbery and carnapping in this town.

He said joint elements of the town police and the Pampanga Provincial Mobile Group conducted a "checkpoint" along the McArthur Highway in Barangay Camachiles here Thursday night in a bid to arrest criminal elements.

Mendoza said he would also activate the Kalinga 2, a special task force formed by the Pampanga Police Office, which addresses concerns on assaults against police officers.

The task force was formed to protect policemen, he said.

According to Mendoza, four police officers in Pampanga were shot dead since November last year. "This is already alarming," he said.