The first seven patrol cars acquired by the Bacolod City government were officially turned over to the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), under the leadership of acting director Police Colonel Thomas Joseph Martir Friday.
“These cars will primarily be used for our peace and order. I am also happy that these came during the time that there is an increase in our crime volume,” Mayor Evelio Leonardia said.
The mayor also disclosed that the city will be acquiring seven more patrol cars to be used by the BCPO.
The cars will also help the new police director “hit the ground running,” and was the priority of then BCPO head Police Colonel Manuel Placido, Leonardia said.
“Our goal here is to help the police. We are supposed to work together and assist them in any way we can. The BCPO can use the patrol cars any time to improve police visibility and mobility,” he said.
“This is what they wanted; this is their priority. And this is what we gave them,” Leonardia added.
Martir meanwhile, said that the first seven patrol cars will be distributed to police stations 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8.
“I will prioritize giving these to busy police stations, especially the big ones,” he said.
The director further noted that the patrol cars will further uplift the police’s peacekeeping efforts in the City of Bacolod.
“It will boost our visibility efforts especially that we only have over seven hundred policemen. This will also boost our capabilities so that we can have available patrol cars on standby, which will really be a big help,” Martir said.
“The BCPO is very grateful for the generosity of our City Mayor. I am also thankful to our City Council, city executives, and to the citizens of Bacolod who provided us these patrol cars,” he added.
Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, Councilor Israel Salanga, DILG-Bacolod city director Ma. Joy Maredith Madayag, City Adminstrator Joseph Edward Cuansing, Secretary to the Mayor Ma. Victoria Parreñas, Executive Assistants George Zulueta, Celestino Guara, and Moises Dela Cruz witnessed the turnover and blessing of the patrol cars administered by Father Farley Ray Santillan.*