THE Caloocan City will soon have its own police district separate from the Northern Police District, local police chief P/Col. Ruben Lacuesta revealed.
He told Good Riddance that the proposal has long been submitted by the higher-ups at the Philippine National Police in Camp Crame and National Capital Region Police Office before the National Police Commission.
”The PNP is only waiting for the favorable response from the Napolcom which administers and controls the former,” Lacuesta said.
“If that happens, we will soon have the Caloocan City Police District that will be separate from NPD which also has jurisdiction over the other neighboring cities of Valenzuela, Malabon and Navotas,” he added.
Saying that his predecessors were the ones that pushed for Caloocan to have its own police district, Lacuesta explained that the city has been highly qualified citing its land area and population, among others.
In fact, he said the father-and-son tandem of Caloocan District 1 Rep. Oca Malapitan and Mayor Dale Gonzalo ‘Along’ Malapitan has worked together for the construction of a modern four-storey building and another three-story structure for the police and fire headquarters, respectively,
”Maybe next month, the current and old police and fire buildings which are adjacent will be up for complete demolition to pave the way for the new and modern headquarters,” said the city police chief whose leadership was recipients of various recognitions and awards including the Best Police Station in Metro Manila, among others.
He expressed gratitude to the Malapitans for making true on their promise to help put up a modern police headquarters since the current building was already old while half of it had already been unoccupied after a fire that broke out a few years back.
The new and bigger police structure is in anticipation when Caloocan will have its own police district, Lacuesta said.
He cited the advantages of the city having its own police district like the provision of more policemen and officials to match the number of residents and setting up of more units and police substations.
Currently, there are five police districts, which are under the direct supervision of NCRPO, namely – the Manila Police District, Quezon City Police District, Southern Police District (SPD), Eastern Police District (EPD) and NPD.