PD Chan vows to address NAPOLCOM concerns

LINGAYEN—Senior Superintendent Marlou Chan, provincial police director, assured immediate compliance to a number of concerns listed by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) Region 1 during its annual inspection and audit last November 12.

According to NAPOLCOM Region 1 Acting Director Angelita Concepcion, their concerns include the double issuances of firearms, delayed installation of chiefs of police (COPs) in the towns and cities, and temporary appointments of personnel.

Concepcion said double issuance of firearms is prohibited particularlr in the light of the continuing shortage of firearms in the police force.

The double issuances were mainly because there were station-issued firearms, apart from those issued directly to the individuals, Chan clarified.

On the designation of COPs, Concepcion said the designation of an Officer-in-Charge-COPs should not go beyond the allowed 30-day period and a permanent one must be appointed thereafter.

Chan’s dilemma he said is the delayed confirmation of local chief executives for the posts.

Furthermore, Concepcion urged permanent appointments of police personnel in lieu of present temporary hires  who’ve been hired in spite of lack of of educational qualification, work experience, training and eligibility.

An annual inspection conducted by NAPOLCOM’s administrative supervisor of police offices, involves the review of administrative matters including personnel, firearms, and financial records, among others “for purposes of consolidation and findings may be a basis for issuance of resolution to address the issue or amendment of an existing policy.”

Chan said “I have already instructed our chiefs of police to undertake necessary corrections and immediate compliance.”–Johanne R. Macob

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