Escarilla assumes BCPO leadership-A A +A
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella challenged on Monday Senior Supt. Pedrito Escarilla, newly appointed officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), to perform an outstanding and exemplary performance for the City of Bacolod.
Escarilla officially took over the BCPO helm Monday during the assumption of office ceremony held at the People’s House.
Escarilla was a former directorial staff of Western Visayas Police Regional Office in 2012 and previously the police provincial director of Aklan province.
Puentevella said Escarilla is also set to retire from the Philippine National Police (PNP) service next year.
“I’m hoping that before he retires, he will leave another good mark in Bacolod City,” the mayor said.
Puentevella said he believes that the retirement age of 56 in the PNP is too early for police officers and he is hoping that a law will be passed to repeal such retirement age.
The mayor said he will meet the station chiefs together with Escarilla to discuss how to improve the peace and order situation in the city.
He also warned police officers engaged in illegal drugs.
“I’m sending a strong message to our police force. I don’t want to see policemen involved in illegal drugs. I want drugs out of Bacolod City,” the mayor said.
For his part, Escarilla, who has nine months left to serve the city before he retires, said he will focus on crime solution and crime prevention, and investigation.
He added that he will re-organize the BCPO headquarters, and assist the performance of police station chiefs for the implementation of reshuffling.
Escarilla assured the people of Bacolod that he will do his best to maintain the peace and order in the city.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 24, 2014.