Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz was chosen by Mayor Evelio Leonardia as the permanent City Police Director yesterday.
De la Paz who has served for more than two months as officer-in-charge bested other nominees for the post who included Western Visayas Highway Patrol Group chief, Senior Supt. Cesar Jacob, Senior Supt. Herminio Tadeo from Camp Crame, former Region III chief of Police Aviation Service, Senior Supt. Eleodoro Ocampo, and former Tuguegarao City deputy director Senior Supt. Domingo Lucas.
Before his appointment, members of the business sector and other stake holders in Bacolod had pushed for the permanent appointment of de la Paz as city director of the BCPO after noting changes in the anti-criminality drive in the city.
Leonardia said he consulted Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson, the city councilors and set the criteria before deciding to choose de la Paz as the new city director.
He said de la Paz passed the tests of a city police director with flying colors
“Those who have worked with him (de la Paz) in the past would agree that he is, indeed, competent and I have not heard unfavorable reports against his reputation. When I checked with other cities, where de la Paz had been chief of police, I saw that he has a good track record”, Leonardia said.
Leonardia added that de la Paz gained public acceptance and respect because, upon his assumption as OIC of BCPO, dramatic changes and innovation in the campaign against lawless elements were noted.
He said he discussed with De la Paz his priorities and also asked him to come up with a program in relation to peace and order that will draw the active support and participation of the public.
Leonardia urged the public to help the police as the problem of peace and order is everybody’s concern.
De la Paz said he is grateful for his appointment as the new city police director and assured that the BCPO, under his watch, will be closely working with the city government.
Now that he is already the City Police Director, De la Paz said there could be a reshuffling of personnel and station commanders soon as he is now evaluating their performances.
He said those station commanders are inefficient will be replaced by those who are more competent in performing their duties.
With his appointment as city director, De la Paz said he is assuring the people of Bacolod that there will be aggressive apprehensions in the campaign against dangerous drugs and illegal gambling.*APN