Ba­colod dad to ask for ad­di­tional cops

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BA­COLOD City Coun­cilor Al Vic­tor Espino is plan­ning to make a re­quest to the Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice-6 to de­ploy more po­lice­men to the Ba­colod City Po­lice Of­fice (BCPO).

Espino, chair­per­son of the City Coun­cil com­mit­tee on po­lice mat­ters, said yes­ter­day that BCPO lacks po­lice per­son­nel to main­tain the peace and or­der in the city.

He said next week, he will file a res­o­lu­tion ask­ing the PRO-6 di­rec­tor to de­ploy ad­di­tional po­lice­men for BCPO.

Espino noted that at present, BCPO has a to­tal of 562 po­lice­men and it’s not enough to se­cure the safety of Ba­colod­nons.

“We have more than 600,000 pop­u­la­tions, and the po­lice to pop­u­la­tion ra­tio is pro­jected at one per­son­nel for ev­ery 1, 5000 con­stituents,” Espino said.

He said BCPO needs more po­lice­men to reach the stan­dard ra­tio of 1:500 po­lice to pop­u­la­tion ra­tio.

Espino re­called that on Wed­nes­day, two jew­elry stores were robbed in­side Gaisano City Grand Mall as well as shoot­ing in­ci­dents in­volv­ing busi­ness­men in pre­vi­ous months were also recorded in the city.

Espino said the BCPO’S vis­i­bil­ity pa­trol is a big help to pre­vent the pos­si­ble op­er­a­tions of law­less el­e­ments in var­i­ous ar­eas of Ba­colod.

Mean­while, Espino said he will also ask Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia if they could pro­vide ad­di­tional pa­trol cars for BCPO./MAP

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