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20 cops deployed to Cebu provincial jail

Twenty police officers from the Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC) of the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) were deployed at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) in Barangay Kalunasan here on Monday to augment security in the facility.

Bobby Legaspi, CPDRC officer-in-charge, said he requested Senior Superintendent Eric Noble, CPPO chief, last Thursday after the conduct of “Operation Greyhound” that yielded contraband like illegal drugs, cell phones and other electronic gadgets.

He said that following the operation, visits were suspended to prevent anything from coming in pending the additional police security deployment.

However, it remained suspended despite the deployment of police officers, with Legaspi saying the suspension would stay until further notice.

The PPSC personnel were stationed at the perimeter of the facility and will be accompanied by a CPDRC jail guard if they will come inside the detention center, Legaspi said.

Legaspi also said that when the jail visit suspension is lifted, they will resort to the old system.

Under the old system, visitors are allowed to visit inmates for 30 minutes only from Monday to Friday.

He said they would also continue to implement the number system where inmates would be divided or classified by their cell numbers, a system where the jail management could control things coming in and out of the detention facility on a daily basis. (PNA) LAP/BS/EB/EDS