BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) and Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCPPO) topped highly urbanized cities and provincial police offices in Western Visayas, receiving numerous awards during the 121st Police Service Anniversary held yesterday at Camp Martin Delgado in Iloilo City.
The BCPO, under the leadership of PCol. Joseph Thomas Martir, bagged the Best City Police Office award, while the NOCPPO, headed by PCol. Leo Pamittan, was adjudged as Best PPO in Region 6.
At the same time, BCPO was also recognized by Police Regional Office 6 as Best Unit in the campaign against illegal drugs.
NOCPPO and BCPO were also finalists in the search for best PPO and CPO nationwide, police records showed.
Other BCPO awardees in the regional level were Police Station 2 Best Numbered City Police Station Level and Best Unit on Campaign against Illegal Drugs, and Police Station as Best Unit on Tokhang Kontra Armas Luthang (TKAL) on Numbered City Police Station Level.
Aside from being adjudged as best PPO all over Region 6, NOCPPO units also received other special awards, including EB Magalona Police Station as Best Unit in the Implementation of “Birada Semana (Simultaneous Anti Criminality and Law Enforcement Operation)” in the Municipal Police Station Level, Bago City Police Station as Best Unit in the Implementation of “Birada Semana” Component City Station Level;
Binalbagan Police Station is Best Unit on campaign against illegal drugs (Municipal Police Station Level), San Carlos City Police Station as Best Unit on campaign against illegal drugs (Component City Police Station Level);
Hinigaran Police is Station Best Unit on Tokhang Kontra Armas Luthang (Municipal Police Station Level), Kabankalan City Police Station as Best Unit on Tokhang Kontra Armas Luthang (Component City Police Station Level);
The 2nd Negros Occidental Provincial Mobile Force Company is Best Unit in the Implementation of Oplan “Project Maanyag” in Mobile Force Company Level, and Valladolid Police Station is Best Women and Children Protection Desk (Municipal Police Station Level).
PMaj. Gen. Benjamin Santos, acting Deputy PNP chief for Operations, led the distribution and conferment of awards to outstanding police units in Western Visayas.*