POLICE Regional Office (PRO) Central Visayas Director Debold Sinas said they are eyeing to create three police community precincts (PCP) in Talisay City.
Sinas, during his visit to Talisay City Mayor Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas Jr. Friday, July 5, 2019, said the city needs a leveling up in terms of peace and order enforcement.
“We have assessed in our level in Region 7 (Central Visayas) that the drug situation in Talisay has been reduced by half. So we have to level up also,” Sinas said.
According to Sinas, one of the idea that he is considering now is the conversion of the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion detachment in Tangke, Talisay City into a PCP.
“We have to do that so we can function properly. Next to that, there are areas, especially the mountain barangays, that needs PCP for police presence,” he said.
He added a PCP would be a huge help to residents in mountain barangays in reporting crime incidents. The PCP could also have their own blotter and investigating property.
“That’s one way of expanding the police presence and not just concentrating in the urban barangays. I’ve been requesting the barangay hall to pledge the payment of water and electricity bills so that the people will get the hang of reporting unwanted incidents at a precinct,” he in Cebuano.
Sinas noted that he plans to deploy additional police personnel in Talisay City, granting they would also report duty at the PCPs.
Talisay City currently has around 80 police members.
“It depends on how many police members they need. Three or four police officers are not enough for a PCP. The minimum is 15 or 20. They have their own patrol plan and they have their own specific areas in whatever barangay," Sinas said.
Gullas, on his part, said he is supportive of the plans of the police.
“When it comes to peace and order, we are giving our full support to the PNP (Philippine National Police),” he said.
According to Gullas, he will coordinate with his city assessor so that they could find a good and strategic location for the PCPs.
“Maybe we can have it near the city hall or preferably beside the command center as I believe it can complement with the work of our law enforcers,” Gullas said.
Sinas also ordered newly installed Talisay City Police Chief to constantly, at least once a week, report to Gullas for weekly updating of peace and order situation in the city. (SunStar Cebu)