Pangasinan police will deploy around 88 more policemen to serve as an augmentation force in to patrol along highways and do random border checkpoints as the province prepares for the elections.
Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) acting director Col. Richmond Tadina said that these police officers to be deployed are graduated from field training programs in the Ilocos Region.
“There are municipalities that have grown in population following the recent census conducted thus this is one of the considerations to add manpower to these areas,” he said in a virtual forum hosted by the Philippine Information Agency on Thursday.
Tadina added that 17 other localities are also considered as areas of concern in the 2022 national elections in May, aside from three areas of immediate concern given the incidents in the previous elections.
“These areas will also need an additional police force to ensure a peaceful and safe election,” he said.