MANDAUE City Mayor Jonas Cortes has fulfilled the promise he gave last year to the Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) motorcycles to help raise police visibility.
On Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, Cortes turned over 22 motorcycles to the MCPO, with the motorcycle costing P130,000 each.
During his speech given on his first 100 days in office in October 2019, the mayor also promised to increase police mobility.
He said the turnover was timely since more police officers can go around the city to strictly enforce quarantine protocol like social distancing.
Cortes also said the MCPO deserved the “gift” after it garnered two awards and two individual awards during the 119th Police Service Anniversary.
Cortes hopes the crime rate will go down with more police officers being seen out on the street by the public.
In an interview with SunStar Cebu, Col. Jonathan Abella, MCPO director, said he was grateful for the City Government’s support.
Abella said the motorcycles will help them in their patrols, especially in the interior of barangays. He said their vehicles are too big for the narrow lanes and alleyways, forcing police office to go on foot, which can be dangerous.
With the motorcycles, Abella believes the scope of their patrol operations will be widened.
He said MCPO personnel are on patrol round the clock to enforce quarantine protocol.
Abella said he will assign each motorcycle to one police officer so the latter can take good care of it.
Abella said the city’s six police stations will get two motorcycles each, while the Mobile Patrol Group, the Traffic Group and the Special Weapons and Tactics will get three motorcycles each. One motorcycle is reserved for the MCPO director. (KFD)