PRO1 kicks off 18th Police Community Relations Month

CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO – Six police community relations offices in the region were recognized by the Police Regional Office during the kick-off ceremony of the 18th Police Community Relations Month at the PRO1 here July 1, 2013.

Police Chief Supt. Ricardo C. Marquez, Regional Director, Awarded awarded medals of recognition to La Union Police Provincial Office  for Best PCR 2012-2013, PPO level; Bacnotan Police Station (Best PCR 2012-2013, Municipal Police Station Level); La Union PCR Branch (Best PCR 2012-2013 PPO level; PSInsp. Christian Joy Q. Alqueza, COP, Bacnotan MPS (Best PCR 2012-2013 Police Commissioned Officer Level); SPO2 Rodrigo P. Vinluan, PCR PNCO Dagupan CPS (Best PCR 2012-2013 Police Non-Commissioned Officer Level); and Bacnotan Mayor Maria Minda Fontanilla (Best PCR 2012-2013 Local Chief Executive Level)

Police Senior Supt. Ramon L. Rafael, provincial director, and Police Chief Inspector Marlon D. Paeste, Chief, PCR Branch received the medal for La Union PPO and La Union PCR Branch respectively.

Police Superintendent Rolie M. Saltat, Acting Chief of Police Community Relations Division (RPCRD) said this month’s celebration is anchored on the theme “Serbisyong Makatotohanan at Matatag na Ugnayan ng Pambansang Pulisya at Mamamayan Tungo sa Tuwid na Daan” wherein various community-oriented activities are lined up.

Activities lined up during the month-long celebration include the conduct of PCR enhancement seminar, crime prevention and illegal drugs symposium, simulation drills, blood-letting, dental outreach program, gift giving, feeding program, clean-up drive and tree planting.

Director Angelita B. Concepcion, Regional Director of National Police Commission Regional Office 1 (NAPOLCOM-RO1), guest of honor and speaker, stressed the  importance of community partnership in the police system and cited the role of community in the criminal justice system.

Concepcion added that the police station should serve as center for development not merely for law enforcement.

“The policemen should not be focused purely as law enforcers but also as community leaders and that our service must be directed towards the end, in the service of the people,” she said.#