DCPO to become a police district

THE Davao City Police Office (DCPO) is upbeat in pushing for its transition to Davao City Police District (DCPD) in two years’ time.

Its transition to become a police district is part of the office’s proposed expansion of structure and organization for a more effective and efficient security measure amid the increasing population of the city.

In Wednesday’s AFP-PNP press forum, DCPO director Police Senior Superintendent Alexander Tagum said that they have already gotten the green light from the City Council and the Davao City Peace and Order Council for their endorsement of the proposed expansion of DCPO.

With this, they are now collating the necessary documents to be submitted to the national headquarters.

“We are preparing our formal communication to higher headquarters and we are being assisted by our Police Regional Office (PRO 11) for our preparations for the expansion of Davao City Police Office not only as an office but rather as a police district,” Tagum said.

He said they have yet to receive the formal approval of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Headquarters and the National Police Commission (Napolcom), although PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa had earlier expressed his approval on the proposal.

Under the proposal, DCPO intends to have a Special Recruitment Quota and training of 1,700 to 2,000 police personnel for Davao City alone. At present, DCPO has a total strength of 1,890 personnel. DCPO also wants the creation of additional four police stations to be constructed in the areas of Talomo, Sta. Ana, Buhangin and San Pedro. With this, DCPO could further secure the city with enhanced police visibility, which is observed as an effective deterrence to crime.

“Kinakailangan na nating palakihin ang Davao City Police Office in preparation for the future expansion of our city into a major metropolitan similar to Metro Manila and so we are preparing for the best of Davao City,” he said.

Unlike a police station which is headed by a senior superintendent, police district will be directed by a police chief superintendent.

“We are preparing our documents and we are also identifying the possible location of new police station na tatayuan po ng additional four police stations because malalaki ang areas na ito and marami na ‘yong population, marami nang mga bahay at mga business establishments na tinatayo dito,” Tagum said.