GAPAN City -- This new lady top cop of reputedly one of the province’s most peaceful city yesterday asked for additional personnel to beef up the existing police force in order to sustain the station’s intensified anti-criminality efforts.
Supt. Criselda Y. de Guzman lamented the lack of personnel presently assigned at the station so she said she promptly requested for augmentation force from acting provincial police director Senior Supt. Leon Victor Z. Rosete.
Incidentally, De Guzman was the deputy chief of police of Rosete during the latter’s tenure as city director of the Parañaque police prior to his designation as Nueva Ecija top cop.
“Kulang tayo sa pulis, dati daw may 120 sila dito, ngayon nasa 70 na lang, kaya may request ako for augmentation,” said De Guzman, who was adjudged as one of 10 outstanding policewomen of the Philippines in 2016 during the time of then-PNP Chief Director-General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa. She was then the deputy chief of police for operations of the Muntinlupa City police when she got the accolade.
“Ang ideal ratio ng police to population ay one is to 500, pero dito ay one is to 2,265, kaya gagawin nating mapaliit kahit papaano iyung gap na ito,” she told this writer in an exclusive interview.
De Guzman, a member of the “Magilas” Class of 2000 of the Philippine National Police Academy, assumed the top police post vice Supt. Ponciano B. Zafra in this city last December 5, or nine days ago.
It was actually the second time within a span of less than two weeks that she replaced Zafra as chief of police for the cities of Cabanatuan and Gapan.
Last Nov. 23, De Guzman took over from Zafra, who was later transferred to the Gapan City police after being assigned as Cabanatuan City police head for more than two years. On Dec. 5, she again swapped places with Zafra after the latter’s request for reassignment to his previous post at Cabanatuan City police due to medical reasons was approved by Camp Crame.
The new acting city police chief, whose designation here had the blessings of City Mayor Emerson “Emeng” Pascual, who was still abroad when she assumed the post, said she vowed to perform her duties to the best of her ability to keep Gapan City safe and its residents secured.
Earlier, Mayor Pascual declared that Gapan is now considered the most peaceful city in the province because there are no killings taking place here.