February 5, 2023

NEW PATROL CAR — The La Trinidad Municipal Police Station received a brand new 4 x 4 Toyota Hi-Lux patrol car from the Philippine National Police, which the local government unit earlier requested. The patrol car worth P2 million was turned over on Dec. 21 by Police Regional Office-Cordillera Deputy for Administration Police, B/Gen. Patrick Joseph Allan to Mayor Romeo Salda and LTMPS Chief, Lt/Col. Rodelio Olsim. The turnover ceremony was also graced by Vice Mayor Roderick Awingan, councilors Guiller Galwan and Apoli Bagano, Col. Freddie Lazona and Lt/Col. Gabriel Pablo of the Benguet Provincial Police Office. — Ofelia Empian

While on patrol, police personnel should any individual needing a ride at night, according to Police Regional Office-Cordillera Deputy Regional Director for Administration B/Gen. Patrick Joseph Allan.
Allan, during the turnover of the mobile patrol car at the La Trinidad Municipal Police Station on Dec. 21, said ferrying residents to their home is also a crime prevention initiative.
He said there are residents going home at night especially those working on a night shift as well as students.
“This should also be done by other police stations in Benguet which would help our citizens and also prevent crimes from happening,” Allan said.
Allan recently turned-over a brand new Toyota Hi-Lux patrol car to LTMPS Chief Lt/Col. Rodelio Olsim and Mayor Romeo Salda to aid in the patrol activities of the station. The brand new patrol car came from the PNP national headquarters which was earlier requested by the municipality.
Olsim said there are 13 mobile patrol vehicles being used at the LTMPS, of which eight were given by the PNP national headquarters while the rest were donated by the municipal government.
Only three of 13 existing patrol cars are brand new while the rest are old vehicles.
The turnover ceremony was also graced by Vice Mayor Roderick Awingan, Councilors Guiller Galwan and Apoli Bagano, Col. Freddie Lazona and Lt/Col. Gabriel Pablo of Benguet Provincial Police Office.
Meanwhile, the LTMPS recorded 12 vehicular traffic accidents in the last quarter of the year or from Oct. to Dec. 2022.
The cases resulted in the death of two individuals, injury of seven and one case of damage to property.  
Olsim said the number of vehicular cases during the last quarter is lower compared to the 104 cases listed in the first quarter, 20 in the second quarter, and 22 in the third quarter of 2022. – Ofelia C. Empian