CAMP DANGWA, Benguet – Philippine National Police Chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. has urged police to continue communicating with the public in line with the government’s desire to make communities safe, progressive and orderly.
“I still believe that we are all ambassadors for the government because we are still seen even in remote communities,” Azurin said during the Cordillera Police Regional Office change of command ceremony between Police Brig. . General Ronald Oliver Lee and Police Brig. General Mafelino Bazaar.
“I’m not new here in the Cordillera, I know the police here are smart and good and if there’s a reprimand it won’t hurt the good image of the police,” Azurin said.
Azurin asked Bazar, the new director of PRO-Cordillera, to expand relations with the police community in the barangays, to find out their needs.
“It is important that we focus on the community, especially in remote barangays, as they are a big help in persuading them to cooperate with the police and letting us know what their needs are.
According to Azurin, “many remote communities in the Cordillera are almost inaccessible to our police officers, so this is what we should plan, because they also need the presence of a police officer to communicate their needs to the competent authorities” .
He said that police interaction with citizens is an important part of the government’s effort for peace and order and to end the existence of the new people’s army by ending the local communist armed conflict. .
Azurin said internal cleansing within the police ranks will continue to ensure no one can harm the organization.
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