The Philippine National Police (PNP) has assigned a new officer-in-charge of the Zamboanga City Police Office effective 5 p.m. Thursday, July 4.
Police Regional Office-9 director Chief Supt. Juanito Vaño has designated his chief of the Intelligence Division Senior Supt. Jose Chiquito Malayo vice Senior Supt. Edwin de Ocampo as OIC of the ZCPO.
The change of command came amidst the spate of shooting and other crime incidents in this city.
The change of command also took place barely four days after Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has assumed office and dclared peace and security as her top priority.
Malayo and De Ocampo late Thursday afternoon called on Salazar in City Hall to inform about the change of command per directive from Vaño.
Salazar in the last four days has undertaken steps to help address peace and order concerns aggravated by incidents involving policemen.
During the meeting with the mayor, De Ocampo submitted to Salazar the evaluation report, the third in a span of four working days, which is basically an assessment of the different areas with high crime incidents and eventually require augmentation of forces.
Like a teacher, Salazar in the last few days has been meeting individually with policemen assigned in beat patrols to assess their knowledge about their duties and responsibilities.
Together with Councilor Roel Natividad, chairman of the City Council’s committee on peace and order, Salazar also conducts random checks of police stations and streets to check on beat patrols and traffic policemen.
“The local government will help in the patrol to help protect policemen from being killed,” she declared adding that the city will continue to provide the requirements of the police and will make sure that the police will not fail the people in maintaining peace and security.
“We cannot afford to have another policeman killed. This [killing of policemen] is something that should be stopped,” she added.
So far, three policemen--two from this city and one from
killed in separate shooting incidents since Sunday until Thursday in this city. Isabela City
Two of the three slain policemen were killed last Sunday when Salazar and the new set of elected officials assumed office and the third was killed Thursday.
Meanwhile, Salazar has ordered the retraining and reorientation of police beat patrols and traffic policemen to make them more efficient and effective in their tasks.
Last Wednesday, Natividad has sponsored a resolution during the City Council’s maiden session appealing to authorities the swift resolution of the different shooting incidents in this city.