OVER 100 police officers from Camp Alagar would beef up the city’s security forces especially in areas considered crime-prone.

The deployment would make the police more visible in the city, according to Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) director Benedicto Lopez during a meeting of the city council’s committee on police, fire and public safety yesterday.

Senior Supt. Lopez said some 116 new officers would serve round the clock in shifts.

He said the deployment of officers to the city was Camp Alagar’s response to the series of crimes that took place in the city last month. The move, he said, was the answer to the call for more officers in the city which, before the deployment, had a 721-person police force.

Councilor Alden Bacal, vice chairperson of the committee, said he was convinced that the increase in the number of law enforcers in the city’s streets would be a deterrent to crime.

But Bacal proposed that the police task some of the officers to do intelligence-gathering work. He said some can even pose as passengers of jeepneys that are prone to robbery.

Lopez told councilors the Cocpo was also strengthening communication links from the precincts to the mobile and other special police units. More communication equipment would be bought, he said.

Rep. Rufus Rodriguez of the city’s 2nd District has committed a P500-thousand fund to Cocpo so it could buy the equipment, Lopez said.

Lopez said another P500 thousand has been set aside by Camp Crame for the purpose.

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