DAVAO CITY – Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said he supports the proposed expansion of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) and the deployment of more cops to this city in consideration of its growing population and economic progress.
The expansion of the DCPO, the deployment of additional 500 cops and latest police directives were among the issues discussed by Albayalde during his courtesy call with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Friday.
Albayalde said the expansion of the DCPO is under review by the PNP Directorate for Plans prior to its submission to the National Police Commission (Napolcom) for approval.
Albayalde assured the mayor of the PNP’s support for the proposed expansion, which means more policemen and additional police stations.
Mayor Sara said the expansion of the city police is needed given its size, increasing population, and the influx of tourists.
Under the DCPO’s proposal, the local police would get additional 1,700 police personnel to achieve the one policeman for every 500 population ratio. Currently, the ratio is one policeman to 864 population.
Four police stations will also be added in the areas of Sta. Ana, Sasa, Buhangin, and Talomo; and two more City Mobile Force Companies composed of 108 personnel to secure the city’s border areas.
The proposal is in preparation for the DCPO’s conversion from a city police office to a police district.
In the meantime, Albayalde said he has committed to the mayor additional 500 positions to increase police visibility and effectively prevent criminality. (Lilian C. Mellejor/PNA)
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