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Fate of CoPs in the hands of LCEs ? PNP

By Venus H. Sarmiento

Dagupan City (13 May) -- Whether Chiefs of Police in towns and cities would be retained or relieved is in the hands of the Local Chief Executives.

Police Superintendent Michael Nicolas, chief of the administrative division of the Pangasinan Police Office, said it is up to the newly elected mayors if they want their chiefs of police retained or changed.

"The maximum tenure of a chief of police in every town is two years. However, if the local chief executive wishes a new police chief in his area, the PNP will be submitting to him five nominees for the post," Nicolas said during the KBP Forum held at the Philippine Information Agency office today.

He said it is important that the mayor and chief of police like each other so as to work harmoniously for the good of the public and their functions will not be compromised.

Nicolas also explained that cops are recommended according to their qualifications and ranks. Towns under type C whose population is less than 35,000 and under third class in income classification can have a chief of police with the rank of Senior Inspector.

Towns in Type B or under the second class classification can have a CoP with the rank of Chief Inspector or Major while towns classified under Type A will have a cop chief with the rank of Superintendent or Colonel, he explained.

"We have a pool of officers who evaluate the qualifications of every police officer and they recommend who are the rightful choices," said Nicolas.

Meanwhile, the police force and the Philippine Army were lauded for the successful conduct of the elections which were described as 'generally peaceful.'

Police information officer Supt. Gerry Roxas said that aside from the Pangasinan police, there were augmentation forces from the Philippine Army which provided 450 men, while the Regional Training Center gave 171 men.

The PNP is now bent on 'Oplan: Baklas' operations to bring back not only peace and order but also cleanliness in the entire community vandalized with posters and election paraphernalia. (PIA-Pangasinan) [top]

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