CCPO to post police officers in public schools next week

THE Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) has yet to deploy police officers in public schools as face-to-face classes resumed nationwide on Wednesday, November 2, 2022.

Lieutenant Colonel Wilbert Parilla, deputy director for administration of the CCPO, said many of their police officers are still deployed in cemeteries until noon on Thursday, November 3, as part of the Philippine National Police’s Oplan Undas.

Parilla said chiefs of police have already coordinated with schools under their jurisdictions and found that not all of them have implemented full face-to-face classes because some teachers are still finalizing their classrooms.

He assured that they will assign police officers to schools next week. However, not all will have police assistance desks (Pads), as only schools with a big student population will have one, he said.

He said police officers, with the help of barangay tanods, will focus on securing night high schools whose students go home at 8 p.m.

“We will have police officers on standby in big schools with a large population, especially those that hold night classes. It’s not necessary to have Pads, but police visibility will play a major factor,” he said in Cebuano.

Parilla said they will encourage students, especially those in Kindergarten, to wear face masks in schools even though Malacañang issued an executive order making the wearing of face masks indoors and outdoors optional.

He said there are some children who have yet to be vaccinated against coronavirus disease and other diseases and they must be protected.

Meanwhile, the police official said they have solved the gang problem in some schools after they summoned students who belonged to one along with their parents.

But he said they will continue to monitor them with the help of teachers and school officials. (AYB/PJB)