600 more cops deployed to secure Sinulog 2023

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More police personnel will be deployed starting this week to secure activities related to this year’s Sinulog Fiesta — the first in-person celebration in three years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lt. Col. Mark Gifter Sucalit, deputy director for operations of the Cebu Police Provincial Office (CPPO), said 600 of the 2,000-strong police force in the province will augment personnel from the Cebu City police and other law enforcement units.

“It’s a big challenge to secure the Sinulog. So it takes resources, which means personnel, for the deployment,” Sucalit said in a mix of Cebuano and English.

The personnel who will secure major activity areas, including the downtown area all the way to the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño will be presented on Tuesday in a traditional send-off ceremony.

Sucalit assured residents in other parts of the Cebu province of police response even if more than a quarter of the personnel will be sent as augmentation force in this city.

The barangay peacekeeping action team will help police stations in securing their areas of responsibility, he said. (PNA)