Council created to improve police performance

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

THE Davao Police City Police (DCPO) formed on Friday the City Advisory Council, an inter-agency council bent on improving the performance of policemen and integrating the coordination between different sectors of society.

DCPO director Vicente Danao Jr., in an interview with Sun.Star Davao Saturday, said the council is composed of representatives from the governance, business, religious, academe and media sectors who will assist the DCPO in identifying priority issues and providing the solutions.

"Naka-set in place na ang principle ng DCPO kaya lang kung minsan di nai-implement ng maayos dahil meron tayong ibang pulis diyan na nawawalay ang landas. So isang purpose iyan, to really counter check the performance of the police (The principles of DCPO are already set in place but at times, they are not implemented well since there are other police officers who lose their way. So among its purpose is to really counter check the performance of the police.)" Senior Superintendent Danao said.


The city police chief also said that the council can help in various aspects, which include efficient budget appropriation, unprejudiced policing on gender, culture and religion-sensitive issues, effective logistics and information dissemination.

This will also be a big help in intelligence gathering as Danao said the coordination with different sectors may improve.

When asked on what they could possibly give back to the member councils, Danao said, "Credibility. If they could help us thoroughly, then we could provide a more credible security and law implementation. I believe that the cleansing of erring policemen should start from within but with their help, we could hasten the cleansing and we could deliver a more credible police service sooner."

During the election of officers on Friday, Melanie Severino of ABS-CBN Davao was selected as chairperson alongside Garry Santiago as the vice chairperson.

The council has tentatively set a meeting every after two months but some member councils suggested at least two meetings quarterly. By request of Santiago, the next meeting will be on rounding up the different chiefs of the 12 district police stations in the city and rest of DCPO's division heads. The station commanders and division heads will be discussing different issues within their respective areas-of-responsibility.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 16, 2014.

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