ANGELES CITY – Twenty-two rookie policemen undergoing on-the-job training at the Angeles City Police Office since the start of the quarantine were found to be infected with COVID-19, highly placed sources at the City Hall bared.
This came after results of the swab tests done by the Philippine National Red Cross at the Clark molecular laboratory was released on Wednesday.
The source, who declined to be named, said Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin quickly instructed the City Health Office to conduct massive rapid testing in all police precincts including the ACPO headquarters.
ACPO has more than 500 personnel, excluding civilians or non-uniformed employees, spread in at least six police stations and precincts across the city.
“A total of six teams have been formed to speed-up the testing among police personnel of ACPO,” said Lazatin, as he stressed the need to immediately initiate contact tracing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Lazatin said all personnel of ACPO are confined in their respective police stations and headquarters while the rapid test is being undertaken.
The infected cops are under the supervision of the Regional Special Training Unit 3 (RSTU3) of the PNP Training Services under the baton of Colonel Frederick Ogar, stationed at Clark Freeport Zone.
Five among the rookie cops who tested positive are deployed at Mabalacat City police station. They were pulled out of their respective posts for treatment.
The source said all the infected cops were taken to the ASEAN Convention Center where they will be treated and monitored.
Police personnel and staff of RSTU3 will be subjected to rapid testing, it was learned.