More auxiliaries needed

DCPO needs 400 more volunteer cops

The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) is in need of 400 more volunteer police auxiliaries to augment its current number.

Davao City Police Office (DCPO) Director Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum, in an interview yesterday, is asking able-bodied residents who are willing to serve the community to join the police auxiliary force.

Tagum said his office is now accepting applicants—Davao City residents who at least graduated high school and have no criminal record.

“The most important requirement is that they should pass the neuro test,” the city police director added.

Police volunteers receive allowances from City Hall.

Initially, an auxiliary receives allowance worth P6,000. After a year, this increased to P8,000.

He said more auxiliaries are in need to beef up the forces in downtown areas under the Sta. Ana and San Pedro stations and adjacent barangays under the Talomo, Sasa, and Toril police stations.

The recruitment started last week after City Hall, through Mayor Sara Duterte’s chief of staff Raul Nadela, gave the go-signal for the recruitment of more members to add to the existing number of 910 auxiliaries in the city.

Originally, each of the city’s 182 barangays is allotted five auxiliaries for a total of 910 members.

The mayor, Tagum said, has recognized the need to increase the number to better serve the city.

The highly urbanized city is the largest city in the country in terms of land area, with at least 1.632 million residents.

Tagum is thankful for the support Mayor Sara Duterte has provided the DCPO.
He said the current number of regular police officers could not cope with the daily activity in providing security and other safety concerns in the city, especially in crime-prone areas.

Tagum said even netizens on social media are asking for more police visibility.

The DCPO currently has around 1,800 regular personnel – or one police officer guarding 907 residents.

As the City Hall added 910 police volunteers, the police-population ratio has been fixed at one officer for every 600 residents, still beyond the ideal ratio of one police officer in every 500 residents.

With the planned additional 400 volunteers, the police-population ratio will become one police officer in every 525 residents.