PRO-11 Deploys 1,400 Cops To Secure ‘SWAT Challenge’

The Police Regional Office-11 (PRO-11) has deployed about 1,430 police personnel to secure the weeklong 2nd Chief PNP-Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Challenge, which will kick-off Tuesday here.

Chief Inspector Jason Baria, PRO-11 spokesperson, said the deployment was in line with the directive of Chief Superintendent Marcelo Morales–the PRO-11 director–“to secure the venue and to stay safe always during the competition.”

Police Director Camilo Pancratius Cascolan, acting Chief of Staff of the Philippine National Police (PNP) directorial staff, who attended the send-off ceremony Monday, said the deployment would ensure that even during major events the region remains safe and secure.

“Also, kahit na may ganitong event ngayon sa region di pa rin pababayaan ang safety and security of the general public in the region (Even during this kind of event the safety and security of the public are still secured),” Cascolan said.

Cascolan said the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) also deployed its own personnel to complement the police force.

Baria said the competition will have 60 teams, with 10 members each team coming from the different units and elite forces of the PNP, AFP, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and other law enforcement units.

He said competition aims to further enhance the effectiveness and efficiency, as well as the tactical proficiency of the SWAT units. (PNA)

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