DAGUPAN CITY – Police Superintendent Franklin O. Ortiz has been officially appointed as city’s new Chief of Police (COP), six months after serving as officer-in-charge of the Dagupan City Police Station (DCPS) starting April this year.


Ortiz disclosed that he formally received his appointment from the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office on October 27 giving him full authority to carry out the duties and responsibilities of a Chief of Police and full disciplinary authority over the other police officers of the station.


During the flag raising ceremony last Oct, 23, Mayor Belen T. Fernandez already advanced her congratulatory message to Ortiz on his upcoming appointment as the official COP of the city and assured her support to him.


“It is a well-deserved appointment as he has proven himself worthy to the position for the last few months following his appointment as officer-in-charge of the DCPS,” said Fernandez.


Ortiz appeared on Monday, October 30, before the Sangguniang Panlungsod and appraised the council on the present peace and order situation in the city.


Accordingly, from January to October this year, the DCPS has recorded five murder cases, zero homicide, 171 physical injuries, 13 rape cases, 37 cases of robbery,149 cases of theft, and 17 cases of carnapping.


Last year, the DCPS has recorded 39 murder cases, three homicides, 143 physical injuries, 21 rape cases, 42 cases of robbery, 250 cases of theft, and 20 cases of carnapping.


Ortiz said that following the neutralization of a group of carnappers in Pozzorubio, Pangasinan, the cases of carnapping in the city are considered solved.


On the other hand, the council, in a resolution authored by Councilor Jose Netu M. Tamayo asked Ortiz to put up one Police Community Precinct (PCP) in the island barangay of Pugaro to establish police visibility in the area and in the neighboring island barangays.


At present the DCPS is maintaining six PCPs in barangays Lucao, Mayombo, Bolosan, Arellano and Bonuan and another at the Malimgas Public Market.


“We will look into that but for the meantime we are requesting the city to provide our PNP with the most accessible means of transportation to the island barangays like a motor boat,” said Ortiz.


The DCPS has at least 140 uniformed PNP personnel at present and Ortiz is requesting for more as the number is not enough considering that the police population ratio is one policeman to every 1,200 population. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Oct. 30, 2017)