84 firearms, vehicles for police forthcoming - Celso PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 06 August 2012 14:17

The City Government continuously pursues its assistance and support to the local police, as it is set to turn over anytime, another set of firearms and transportation facilities to improve police capability and efficiency.

Mayor Celso Lobregat said 84 units of high powered rifle Sam Trailblazer M4 rifles have already been purchased, delivered and tested and are scheduled for turn over to the Zamboanga City Police Office within the month.

Along with the firearms, the city government is also set to turn over several L-300 and multi-cab vehicles as a replacement to old and dilapidated transportation facilities and in addition to the existing fleet of police vehicles donated by the local government under the administration of Mayor Lobregat.

The mayor made the announcement during a meeting with newly-installed City Police OIC Director PSSupt. James Mejia and the different police station commanders, August 1 at the ZCPO headquarters.

He vowed that the City Government’s commitment to support and assist the police for public safety and security remains steadfast and ever-aggressive.

Nevertheless, he said the efforts of the local police and the city government will be for naught if the community or the public in general will not support the law enforcers. Peace and security, he said remains to be a multi-stakeholders’ responsibility.

He likewise called on all police station commanders and all police personnel and staff to give their all-out support to the new OIC City Director to ensure that all goals and objectives are met.

Recall that in 2010, the city purchased a total of 116 armalite rifles in 3 batches which were turned over to the police on two separate occasions. Last year 83 units were purchased and turned over.

On the other hand, the mayor himself led an inventory of police vehicles last month to determine which needs replacement and how many new units are necessary to add the existing number of vehicles.

Aside from firearms and vehicles and fue, the city government also constructs police action centers, fire stations and detention cells and even allowances to law enforcers. — Sheila Covarrubias