TACLOBAN CITY – Tourism police unit will be among the priorities of the Leyte Police Provincial Office (LPPO) for next year.
This was disclosed by Lt. Co. Ricky Reli, LLPO’s deputy provincial director for operations, adding that they will also prioritize the creation of special weapons and tactics (SWAT) teams across the province.
Reli said that creating the tourist-oriented police for community order and protection (Topcop) and SWAT teams is part of the organization’s local anti-criminality action plan for next year.
In particular, the police official said that a tourist police unit that will be created will be in partnership with the municipal government of Palo.
These police personnel will be deployed at the MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park, one of the top tourist destinations not only in Palo town but the rest of Leyte.
Meanwhile, the SWAT team that will be organized by the First Mobile Force Company and Second Mobile Force Company.
The SWAT Team under the First Mobile Force Company in Baybay City will cater local government units under the fourth and fifth district of the province, while the SWAT Team under the Second Mobile Force Company based in Calubian town will serve areas under the first, second, and third district.
Of the three police offices in Leyte province, Ormoc and Tacloban has already created their respective SWAT teams according to PLtCol Reli. (ROEL T. AMAZONA)