The Cebu Provincial Police Bureau (CPPO) has drawn the attention of 10 police chiefs to their poor record in campaigns against illegal drugs and illegal gambling.
Colonel Rommel Ochave, officer in charge of the CPPO, ordered them to step up their operations, according to Lt. Col. Mark Gifter Sucalit, deputy director of operations for the CPPO.
Sucalit pointed out that Governor Gwendolyn Garcia earlier declared an all-out war on illegal drugs, saying the OCPP should do the same.
“Ten stations were called by me personally. We just had our coordination conference yesterday and we directed them. We told them about our plans and programs that will help them move forward and really improve their shortcomings said Sucalit in a mixture of Tagalog and English during a command conference on Tuesday, October 4, 2022.
Although the police chief did not identify the 10 police stations, he said he had already ordered their chiefs to step up their efforts.
“All COPs (police chiefs) are responsible for the actions of their men. If they don’t produce what is mandated by our superiors, of course, they will face many penalties. We will replace incompetent COPs with officers more eager to truly serve their constituents,” Sucalit said in a mixture of Tagalog and English.
Sucalit said the CPPO is closely monitoring the cohorts of major drug figures who have been killed and arrested in recent years.
He said illegal drugs continued to be smuggled into Cebu Island despite their efforts.
On Tuesday morning, Ochave went to the Talisay City Police Station for an inspection.
He told the media that he wanted to know what station staff had done to tackle crime in the city.
He commended Station Chief Lt. Col. Randy Caballes for maintaining good relations with Mayor Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas Jr. and the village chiefs of the city’s 22 barangays, which the head of the OCPP attributed to successful enforcement by station personnel. to maintain peace and order.
Ochave urged station staff to avoid getting involved in illegal activities.
He also reminded police officers to wear appropriate uniforms so the public can see that they are serious about their job.
The CPPO official embarked on a tour of Cebu province to check the performance of various police stations in the war against crime, especially against illegal drugs. (AYB, BBT, PJB)