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PNP Regional Director turns over 7 patrol cars to police stations

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – The PNP regional director officially turned over brand new patrol vehicles to seven police stations of the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office during his firs visit here January 11.

In his speech, Police Chief Superintendent Constante D. Azares, Jr. pointed out that the batch of vehicles – 2 Toyota Innova and 5 Toyota Hi-Lux – is part of the capability enhancement initiative of the PNP under its Integrated Transformation Program and reminded the recipients to strictly observe proper care and maintenance of the vehicles.

“I would like to remind you that these vehicles are for official use only,” Azares stressed. “They are not to be used for private purposes.”

The vehicles were received by the concerned municipal mayors together with their respective chief of police.

Azares, who assumed as Region 1 police director barely two weeks ago, was formally welcomed by Police Senior Supt. Percival G. Barba, Pangasinan police director with a traditional arrival honors during his first command visit to the provincial police office here.

After the flag ceremony and a mini-tour of the provincial camp premises, the regional director presided over a command conference at the nearby Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center which was attended by all provincial officers and chiefs of police of Pangasinan PPO, AFP representatives, Comelec officials and local chief executives.

The conference focused on the program thrusts of the new regional director and matters relating to the upcoming national and local elections.

“I urge each one of you to do your part in ensuring honest, orderly and peaceful elections come May 2010,” Azares told his men. “Let us intensify our law enforcement and public safety operations, especially now that the election period has already begun.”

The Regional Director also appealed to the members of the media who covered the event to continue helping the PNP in its drive to fully inform the public on the nationwide total gun ban, the provision of protective security detail, the prohibition on private armed groups (PAGs), the location and functions of the Joint Security Control Centers (JSCCs), and other election-related concerns.#