Senior Superintendents Edgardo Ordaniel and Celestino Guara, yesterday vowed to work for the reduction of crime incidents in their areas when they assumed yesterday as officers-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office and Negros Occidental Police Office, respectively.
They were responding to the challenge of Police Regional Office-6 Director Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz for them to reduce crime incidents in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City by at least 20 percent this year. Cruz also stressed that there should be zero tolerance for policemen and civilians involved in illegal activities
Crime reduction in the Western Visayas was only about 17 percent in 2011, which is less than the target of the Regional Police which was 25 percent crime reduction, police records show.
Cruz officiated at the turnover of command from former City Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz to Ordaniel at the BCPO headquarters yesterday morning, and also led the installation of Guara, who replaced former Provincial Police Officer-in-charge Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan at the NOPPO headquarters in the afternoon.
He said Ordaniel and Guara should instill competence, organizational reforms, discipline and excellence among the policemen in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City, in order to reduce crime incidents
Cruz said the challenge to reduce crime rate is not only aimed at Guara and Ordaniel, but for all police directors in the Western Visayas.
In response, Ordaniel said he will work hard as the new BCPO OIC to reduce crime incidents by enhancing police visibility and sustaining the anti-criminality projects started by de la Paz, especially the drive against illegal gambling and illegal drugs
With his track record, he said, he is confident that he will be able to do a good job as BCPO-OIC and assumed that the people of Bacolod are in good hands.
Meanwhile, Guara told the DAILY STAR that he is yet to study what reforms to do at NOPPO upon his assumption as OIC.
He said among the things that he wants to continue is the good coordination with the 303rd Infantry Brigade to consolidate their efforts against insurgency.
Guara also said he wants to ensure that the elections this year will be peaceful and orderly.
Both Guara and Ordaniel said that there will be no reshuffling yet of personnel at BCPO and NOPPO.
They also sought the cooperation of Bacolod and Negros Occidental policemen so their anti-criminality programs will succeed.*APN