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New police director vows to remove stigma of bloody Abra polls

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By Zaldy Comanda

CAMP DANGWA, La Trinidad— Removing the stigma and transforming Abra into a peaceful and safe province, especially during the conduct of elections, will be one of the priorities of the newly-installed officer-in-charge of the Police Regional Office-Cordillera (PROCOR).

NEW PROCOR RD- Police Director Eric Serafin Reyes, (right) director for Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Northern Luzon (DIPO-NL), hands the Command Flag to Chief Supt. Israel Emphraim T. Dickson, as newly installed regional director of the Police Regional Office-Cordillera while Chief Supt.Rolando Nana, who retires from the service, looks during the Change of Command on Friday afternoon, March 15, 2019, at Camp Bado Dangwa, La Trinidad, Benguet. (ZALDY COMANDA / MANILA BULLETIN)

NEW PROCOR RD- Police Director Eric Serafin Reyes, (right) director for Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Northern Luzon (DIPO-NL), hands the Command Flag to Chief Supt. Israel Emphraim T. Dickson, as newly installed regional director of the Police Regional Office-Cordillera while Chief Supt.Rolando Nana, who retires from the service, looks during the Change of Command on Friday afternoon, March 15, 2019, at Camp Bado Dangwa, La Trinidad, Benguet. (ZALDY COMANDA / MANILA BULLETIN)

Chief Supt. Israel Ephraim Dickson, being born and raised in San Juan, Abra, has long envisioned a safe and peaceful conduct of elections in his home province.

“We are in the crucial point of history again with the forthcoming of midterm elections, I expect everyone to be alert and vigilant and contribute to the realization of our goal in securing the safety and peaceful election, not only in Abra, but in the whole region,” said Dickson during the turn-over ceremonies at Camp Bado Dangwa on Friday afternoon.

He also said that, under his leadership, the police will continue and relentlessly support the President’s war on drugs campaign. “We will evaluate, re-assess and craft programs to strengthen our fight on illegal drugs and peace and order campaign will ensure and safeguard Cordillera from the insurgency, crime, and lawlessness.”

He also said that “scalawags” will not be tolerated under his term and reminded everyone to maintain transparency and accountability of personnel

The Director of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Northern Luzon (DIPO-NL) Police Director Eric Serafin Reyes presided in the Change of Command Ceremony and the Retirement Honors for outgoing Regional Director, Chief Supt. Rolando Nana.

PROCOR recognized the faithful and dedicated service of Nana for serving the PNP. A “Medalya Ng Paglilingkod” was awarded to him for having completed 37 years, 11 months and 14 days of honorable services to the PNP from April 1,1981 to March 15, 2019.

He also received “Medalya ng Pambihirang Paglilingkod” for rendering service as acting Regional Director of PROCOR for two months and in full capacity as Regional Director for seven months.

During his stint, he implemented policing strategies to strengthen the operational capability of PROCOR in pursuit of the PNP’s organizational thrust to serve and protect.

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