There is a possibility that the manpower strength of Police Regional Office 18 may remain intact even with the abolition of the Negros Island Region, although they may be placed under the supervision of Police Regional Offices 6 and 7.
Senior Supt. MoisesVillaceran, PRO 18 Police Community Relations Division chief, yesterday said he believes that the personnel of Regional Public Safety Battalion 18 will stay in their respective areas in Negros Occidental and Oriental, to avoid a security vacuum.
At present, the RPSB 18 is composed of about 300 police personnel, on top of 300 neophyte policemen and women, who are now undergoing the PNP SCOUT training for 45 days.
Villaceran said the senior police commissioned officers of PRO 18 are being given an option to choose their next assignment, or Camp Crame will do it for them.
The PR0 18 is composed of more than 4,000 police personnel, including those assigned at the Regional Service Support Group, RPSB 18, Negros Occidental and Oriental Police Provincial Offices and Bacolod City Police Office.
The NOCPPO is expected to return to its former mother unit- PRO 6, in Iloilo, while the NORPPO will also return to PRO 7 in Cebu.
Senior Supt. Jack Wanky, officer-in-charge of the Bacolod City Police Office, said he will work for the return of 200 policemen to BCPO,who were pulled out from his unit, during the activation of PRO 18 two years ago.
Villaceran also disclosed that they are being given 60 days to prepare for the eventual deactivation of PRO 18, which is temporarily located at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr.in Bacolod City.
The PRO 18 will mark the Police Service Day on Aug. 15, by honoring outstanding policemen and women of the Negros Island Region, including its supporters in Bacolod City.*GPB
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