LEGAZPI CITY, July 24 (PNA) -- Legazpi City has a new chief of police in the person of Supt. Joselito Esico who was installed Wednesday by Mayor Noel E. Rosal and Albay Provincial Police Office director Senior Supt. Marlo Meneses.
In a turnover ceremony at the Legazpi City Police Station in Barangay Bitano here, Esico replaced Supt. Alex Pederio who served as city police chief for one year and three months.
Esico is among the police officers previously assigned at the United Nations for almost 16 months.
From 2011 to 2012, he served as the chief of the Intelligence Division in the province of Sorsogon and as the provincial intelligence officer of Albay from 2013 until 2014.
Rosal said that as the chief of police, Esico’s task is to strengthen the security services in order to maintain a stable peace and order situation in this city.
He urged the newly installed police chief to secure people from any criminal activity and maintain the locality’s standing as a safer place to live in.
Esico vowed to improve police visibility by properly realigning the duties of police personnel.
“Most of our policemen have been deployed as traffic enforcers but during night time, we have limited police personnel and that’s the very important time for security operations,” he said.
Esico said that he will ask the cooperation of the members of the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) as well as the barangay tanods, village officials and other law enforcers, including local residents, to work together against the number one problem in the community.
“We will also implement the ‘No Plate, No Helmet, No Travel’ policy to prevent the operation of the “Motorsiclo Gang’ members, he said.
On his part, outgoing chief Pederio said he was able to reduce the crime volume through the active cooperation of the villagers, barangay police and the city’s department heads and the full support of Rosal.
He said among their notable security services include special events like the United Nations World Tourism Organization meeting in May 2014 and the Triathlon International participated in by foreign swimmers, bikers and runners.
Pederio said the stable peace and order situation contributed much in Legazpi being chosen as one of the most livable localities in the country.(PNA) lam/rck/FGS/EPS/cbd/