OLONGAPO TOURIST POLICE
The tourist police group was organized through the coordination of OCPO, Taskforce Tourism headed by Kagawad Gina Perez, Disaster Management Office (DMO) and City Tourism Office.
During the launching, Colonel Villacorta encouraged the people of Olongapo to take part in maintaining peace and order in the city.
“Hindi lang tungkulin ng pulisya na panatilihin ang katahimikan ng Olongapo, may role rin na dapat gawin ang bawat Olongapeño,” Villacorta said.
The tourist police, composed of members from the Mobile Lead Group of OCPO from the different police stations of Olongapo.
With the used of mountain bikes given by Mayor Bong Gordon and First Lady Vice-Governor Anne Marie Gordon the tourist police will patrol the different tourist spots in Olongapo.
The tourist police members went through a two-day seminar before their deployment.
‘Customer Service’, ‘Communication Skills’, ‘Tour Guiding’, ‘History of Olongapo’ at ‘City Tourism Collaterals’ were some of the topics discussed during the seminar/workshop.
A rolling tour was also part of the two-day training.
Several outposts will be constructed beside the Olongapo City Mall, Ulo ng Apo and in Brgy. Barretto as offices of the tourist police.
“Ang programang tourist police ay nagsimula sa panahon ni Senator Richard Gordon noong siya ay Secretary ng Department of Tourism,” said Gina Perez of Taskforce Tourism.
“Iri-revived natin ito sa ating lungsod para mas lalo pang umunlad ang industriya ng turismo dito,” she added.
Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. together with Councilor Gina Perez, Head of Taskforce Tourism, Colonel Abelardo Villacorta, Head of Olongapo Cito Police Office (OCPO) and the twenty-six (26) members of the tourist police during the launching of the group last August 19, 2008.