Several police stations in Negros Occidental are getting guns and SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) equipment from their local government units, in support of their anti-criminality and special police operations.
The city of Sagay is purchasing P6 to P8 million worth of guns and equipment for issuance to SWAT unit members of the city police station.
Chief Inspector Robert Mansueto, Sagay City police chief, yesterday said 12 M-4 assault rifles, bullet proof vests and helmets, among others, are up for purchase.
The SangguniangPanlalawigan of Negros Occidental recently approved the memorandum of agreement to be entered into by the city of Sagay and its police station for the purchase of SWAT equipment.
Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, said yesterday that the municipality of Ilog also purchased and donated a van and SWAT equipment for use by the town police force.
Castil also said that Mayor Mark Golez also promised to provide more firepower and equipment for use by the Silay City Police Station.
He added that they have also submitted proposals to Task Force Buglas headed by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., in relation also to the purchase of police equipment.
The municipality of Pontevedra headed by Mayor Jose Benito Alonso also helped in financing the repair of several firearms of the NOCPPO.
The newly-repaired 16 carbine rifles and nine M16 assault rifles were turned over yesterday by Castil and Alonso to the Negros Occidental Police Mobile Force Company.
Castil said some of the firearms will be issued also to members of the Pontevedra Police Station.
Another Mobile Force Company (MFC) of NOCPPO is soon to be activated.
Castil said they are still waiting for the downloading of police officers from the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 6, who will compose the new MFC.
The newMFC unit is expected to boost the internal security and anti-criminality operations of the NOCPPO.
At present, there is only one MFC unit under the supervision of NOCPPO, compared to five decades ago.*GPB
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