The Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office received 203 Glock-17 pistols from the Police Regional Office-6 at turnover rites held at the Camp Alfredo Montelibano in Bacolod City yesterday.
Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz, Western Visayas regional director, who led the turnover of the pistols to NOPPO provincial director, Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, said policemen should have the skills in handling the firearm to use it effectively.
The new generation pistols will be given to policemen in Negros Occidental. These are, to Bago City – 23, Cadiz City – 23, Escalante City – 19, Himamaylan City – 20, Kabankalan City – 19, La Carlota City – 20, Sagay City – 12, San Carlos City – 16, Silay City – 8, Sipalay City – 17, Talisay City – 10, Victorias City – 14, and Binalbagan town – 2.
Earlier, the PRO-6 also turned over 204 guns to the Bacolod City Police Office and 39 for the Victorias City Police Office. The Western Visayas PNP was allotted 1,650 of the 22,603 Glock 17 pistols purchased by the main headquarters.
PNP director general Alan Purisima had ordered that priority be given to PNP units stationed in major tourist destinations and urban centers in the distribution of the firearms, and that only personnel who have passed the training in firearms proficiency and maintenance are eligible for the Glock 17.
The safe-action pistol is currently in service in about 60 percent of the national police forces and law enforcement agencies in Europe, America and Asia, the PNP said.*SGG