DCPO hopes for four more police stations

The city police director yesterday said the request for additional 1,700 personnel and the expansion of four police precincts will help them better secure Davao City from terrorists and criminal elements.

Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum, Davao City Police Office (DCPO) director, told reporters yesterday that the plan is not easy to implement but they are hoping all the preparations will be in place before 2020.

“This is because of the conduct of special quota recruitment and training, which will take at least more than one year, and the construction of new police precincts, which will take another year,” Tagum said. “So probably within two years, it can be established already.”

“By that time, we can say the DCPO will now be ready for the very fast growth of Davao City,” he added.

Tagum said they are targeting to put up more precincts in densely populated areas like Sta. Ana, San Pedro, Talomo and Buhangin. He cited the fast commercial expansion of these areas in recent years as well as their projected economic growths.

He also thanked the city council for supporting proposals to better secure the city.

“The more police personnel deployed in convergent areas in the city, the more we can respond and cover a certain area,” he added.

On the other hand, Sr. Insp. Maria Teresita Gaspan, DCPO spokesperson, said the 1,700 additional police personnel will be assigned to the DCPO if Camp Crame approves the request.
“The city is (classified as) highly urbanized so we need to enhance our public safety and security measures,” she said.
For now, the DCPO has a total of 1,850 PNP personnel, which brings the ratio of policeman to population at 1:1,000 or below the 1:500 ideal ratio.
Last Friday, Mayor Sara Duterte said she is requesting the leadership of the Police National Police to deploy 2,500 additional police officers in the city to keep up with the growing development of the regional center.

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