WV cops get mobile, combat equipment

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Police units in Western Visayas are now better equipped to fight crime after they received additional mobile and combat equipment.

The new equipment was formally turned over last Nov. 5 at the flag ceremony at the Western Visayas police headquarters at Camp Martin Delgado in Iloilo City.

Western Visayas police head Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao said the vehicles and equipment came from the PNP National Headquarters in Camp Crame and were part of the government’s Capability Enhancement Program .

The new equipment included patrol vehicles, firearms, undershirt vests, combat helmets, and computer units.

“Now that we have more resources, I have been reminding our personnel, who are the end-users, to take care and properly maintain this equipment so it could serve them better for longer periods of time,” Bulalacao said.

Police in Western Visayas are running on a 1:2 ratio, with at least two patrol vehicles for each police station.

Bulalacao said he now expects police stations or units to be more efficient in responding to calls for help.

Of the 19 Toyota Hi-Lux patrol vehicles, five will be issued to Antique; seven to Capiz; six to Iloilo; and one to Guimaras.

MLG Negev firearms were distributed to:

– 2 each to Aklan, Antique, Capiz Provincial Mobile Force Companies
– 1 each to Guimaras, Iloilo, Negros Occidental PMFCs and the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 6

Meanwhile, 3-A level undershirt vests were given to:
– Aklan Police Provincial Office (47)
– Antique PPO (41)
– Capiz PPO (55)
– Guimaras PPO (14)
– Iloilo PPO (110)
– Negros Occidental PPO (98)
– Bacolod City PO
– Iloilo City PO (41)

Computers were distributed to:
– Aklan PPO (18)
– Antique PPO (14)
– Capiz PPO (17)
– Iloilo City PO (6)
– Bacolod City PO (10)
– Iloilo PPO (43)
– Guimaras PPO (5)
– Negros Occidental PPO (31)