The Dumaguete City Public Safety Officers will not be assigned to polling places or given other election duties to avoid accusations of partisanship, Supt. James Goforth, Dumaguete police chief, said yesterday.
He said the DPSOs act as force multipliers to the police, serve as drivers and do office work under the control of the cops, but are being paid by the city government, so they cannot be deployed for poll duties to do away with allegations of bias.
Goforth made the assurance after Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria presented the uniforms of three sports shirts for each of the 32 DPSOs on Tuesday. Two caps each member will be turned over later.
The DPSOs used to be members of the now defunct Police Auxiliary, that was deactivated last year by former Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office director, Senior Supt. Edward Carranza, following a directive from the PNP national headquarters.
Goforth said they were also disarmed as required under the Omnibus Election Code.
He said he is thankful to the city for subsidizing the salary of DPSOs, as they are a big help to the police.*JFP
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