THE Davao City Police Office (DCPO) sent off its personnel who will ensure public safety and secure different areas of convergence in Davao City, particularly cemeteries, in a ceremony on Monday, October 30, at DCPO Ground, Camp Captain E Leonor, San Pedro Street.

DCPO spokesperson Police Senior Inspector Ma. Teresita Gaspan said these personnel will be designated to different strategic areas from October 30 to November 3.

"[The] said personnel are now deployed to provide area security, police assistance along highways and major thoroughfares and security assistance to all cemeteries, churches, overland terminals, seaports and other places of engagement," she said.

In a previous interview, Gaspan said that they will implement maximum deployment of their personnel. She said that the number of personnel is about 1,800 personnel from the 12 police stations in Davao City in coordination with the Volunteer Police Auxiliaries and other force multipliers from different law enforcement agencies.

They will also establish checkpoints in cemeteries to regulate the entrance of people as well as installation of police assistance desks inside the cemeteries to accommodate security and other concerns of the public.

"This is to ensure safety and security of all riding public," he said.

She urged the public to bear with the security measures being implemented on the ground as it is only meant for security purposes for peaceful observance of the All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.

"We, therefore, request everyone to please bear with us and do cooperate with some of our protocols to avoid delay and inconvenience," she said.

With the current security challenges confronting the city, she further reminded the public to be alert and exercise vigilance as they also vowed to immediately respond when untoward incidents arises.

"While we enjoy the family reunion as we visit the feast of our departed loved-ones at cemeteries with the Security Forces around ready to protect you anytime, we also encourage you to exercise more vigilance by way of reporting suspicious persons and unlawful activities in your community. Your information will surely mean a lot," she said.