ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews /16 July) – The local police in partnership with the Regional Crime Laboratory Office (RCLO) is conducting capacity-building training for the police stations to enable them to handle or investigate crime scenes involving minor cases.
Senior Supt. Angelito Casimiro, Zamboanga City police officer-in-charge, said selected personnel from the Police Station 10 of the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) were the first to have undergone the capacity-building training.
Casimiro said the training in Police Station 10 was held last July 5.
“This training will be going through every Saturday until all the (police) stations will be capacitated,” he said.
Police Station 10, which has jurisdiction up to the last barangay in the boundary with Zamboanga del Norte, is located in Barangay Labuan.
“Every Saturday, the RCLO and our investigation branch will be going to the different police stations to train our personnel on Scene of the Crime Operation (SOCO) so they won’t be dependent on the RCLO,” Casimiro added.
The ZCPO has jurisdiction over 11 police stations covering this city’s 98 barangays, eight of which are island barangays.
Casimiro said the capacity-building training is aimed to lessen the work load of the RCLO personnel “who are doing a lot of crime scene investigation in the whole region.”
He said they will only rely on the RCLO personnel to process crime scene involving heinous cases once all of the 11 police stations will complete the capacity-building training.
The RCLO staff are commonly known as the SOCO personnel, who sorts out crimes scenes for evidences.