Zambo police cited for doing well lately PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 September 2012 14:07

Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde on Thursday expressed satisfaction on the manner the City Police Office handles the city’s peace and order situation lately.

This, after Iturralde castigated the city police several  days ago, over unabated shooting incidents, which has statistically reached over a hundred cases, since January, this year.

In an interview with RPN-Zamboanga, Iturralde commended OIC-City Police Director, S/Supt James Mejia for his day and night effort to put to stop these shooting incidents, “even up to the extent of designating his men to work beyond their required eight-hour duty”.

“This goes to show after all, that if pushed hard, our city police can do the unexpected, so let’s give credit where it is due”, the vice mayor added, after noticing that shooting incidents have ceased for almost two weeks now.

Iturralde, who sits as vice chairman of the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC), hailed the sacrifices of the lawmen who render overtime duty, just to ensure the safety of all Zamboanguenos, “instead of being with their respective families, after a whole day’s work”.

Having seen how city cops work on a multi-tasking basis, Iturralde is hoping that recruitment of new additional policemen will be among the countless assistance that Mayor Celso Lobregat’s administration is still due to give to the Zamboanga City Police Office in the coming days.

The vice mayor also commended the Police Regional Office-9 headed by Chief Supt. Napoleon Estilles, Task Force Zamboanga, Western Mindanao Command, and other allied law enforcement agencies for helping out the city police in maintaining law and order here, through their nightly checkpoints in their respective areas of responsibility (AOR).

Meanwhile, Mejia expressed his elation over the vice mayor’s commendation of the ZCPO.

Mejia however, vowed to be consistent in their watch, citing possibilities that criminals may have just lay-low, due to non-stop checkpoints.

The OIC-city police director admitted that he cannot always count on his men to be rendering more than eight-hour duty, “as they too, are human beings and prone to getting sick without proper rest”.

Mejia reiterated his call on the civilian populace not to hesitate to inform the presence of suspicious individuals in their localities for prompt actions from the police. — Philip Abuy