Police station chiefs told to remain non-partisan

SIX more days to go before the start of the local campaign period, the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) is reminding again its station commanders to remain non-partisan.

On March 26, Black Saturday, local candidates will kick-start the campaign period.

Chief Inspector Dianne Catedral, public information officer of BCPO, said Friday all station chiefs were directed to monitor the political rallies of local candidates within their respective areas of jurisdiction.

All police officers should be fair to all the local candidates, she said.

Catedral added policemen should be assigned to the venue of political rallies to ensure not only the safety of the candidates, but also of their supporters.

Station chiefs were also tasked to intensify visibility and checkpoint operations during the local campaign period to preempt the operations of lawless elements.

She said the BCPO is also urging local candidates to coordinate with the police for security provisions during political rallies.

During the May 9 elections, the BCPO will dispatch 567 policemen to various voting areas as part of its deployment plan to ensure a safe and peaceful election in the city.

At present, BCPO has a total of 705 personnel, and some of them are reserved for reinforcement to the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office.(MAP)

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