Central Visayas Police Regional Office Chief lauded on Tuesday the investment made by the local government on the police force as a means to keep the peace and order to futher improve economic prosperity.
Chief Supt. Jose Mario Espino lauded the efforts of Mayor John Geesnell Yap for providing for the local police force not just in terms of morale support, but financial and equipment as well.
Espino was the guest of honor for the inauguration and blessing of the new city police headquarters.
He said the police will be driven more to fulfill their duties with the help and support of the city.
The P14-mllion building in one of the most equipped and complete police headquarters at least in Central Visayas.
Espino said, buildings such as the one in Tagbilaran is no longer feasible in Metro Manila due to lack of spaces.
The headquarters stands on a 1,000 square meter lot donated by the city government to the PNP and located within the new government center compound.
The new police headquarters replaces the rickety and old police headquarters located at the old city hall site near the St. Joseph’s Cathedral.
Espino urged the police force to give their best and keep the peace and order in the city since local officials are more than willing to invest on them.
Earlier, Yap said aside from the building, the city is also procuring firearms and rounds of ammunition to the local police. He also bared the city has been giving allowances to the local police personnel.
Meanwhile, Espino ordered local cops to find ways to clear the name of the police force in relation to alleged killings.
“Go back to the unsolved crimes perpetrated by criminals riding in tandem and death under investigation,” he ordered.
The verbal directive came as he also pointed the threat of the communist guerrilas in disrupting the peace and order.
Espino reiterated his desire to bring back the police beat system. This way, he said, the police officers assigned to a certain area will be accountable to the peace and order situation.