Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Police security measures for May 2013 elections

Police security measures for the upcoming May 2013 elections are now ready, said Supt. Alan A. Ladra, chief of operations of Davao del Norte Provincial Police Office (DNPPO).

Gracing the Monday convocation at the Davao del Norte's Bulwagan ng Lalawigan on behalf of police director Sr. Supt. Eduardo Wycoco, Ladra discussed the setting up of police election monitoring centers from the provincial to the municipal levels.

The DNPPO has also come up with deployment plans to keep a close watch on the 273 polling places in Davao del Norte.

Ladra explained that securing the polling areas is a joint undertaking between the police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

He admitted, however, that DNPPO lacks 64 police personnel to augment its total of 479 total strength of police forces in the entire province but he said the Provincial Public Safety Company can deploy its elements to where additional police officers would be needed.

Aside from election security and monitoring measures, DNPPO has also come up with a protocol on the conduct of police operations during the election and in manning police checkpoints.

On the other hand, Ladra revealed that DNPPO has so far addressed eight incidents of police-related election violations from January 2013 to date.

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