BACOLOD CITY, April 26 (PNA) — The Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) will deploy an average of four policemen in every voting center here as one of the plans to ensure the peaceful and orderly conduct of the May 13 national and local elections.
BCPO officer-in-charge Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel made the disclosure of their deployment plan for the election Thursday.
Ordaniel said the deployment of at least four policemen in every voting center in the metro will ensure maximum police visibility.
Six of their personnel will also provide security in the City Election Monitoring Action Center (CEMAC), he said.
Forty of their men will also comprise the Civil Disturbance Management Team tasked to handle any untoward incidents during the election, he said.
Their Bacolod City Public Safety Company will also be dispatched near the voting precincts.
As part of their security preparations, Ordaniel said they have divided their area of coverage into two sectors –A and B.
Sector A will cover the areas of Police Stations 1-5 and will be supervised by Deputy City Director for Operations Police Supt. Alfredo Calama-an.
Sector B includes the areas of Police Stations 6-10 and will be placed under Deputy City Director for Administration Police Supt. Alexander Ermeo.
A Joint Security Assistance Desk will also be established in every voting center that will be manned by the members of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team and Army reservists.
So far, Ordaniel said they have conducted 1,990 checkpoints relative to the Commission on Elections (Comelec)-imposed gun ban since January 13.
Of the total checkpoints held, BCPO arrested 48 violators and seized 28 firearms and 22 bladed weapons. (PNA)