DAVAO CITY POLICE OFFICE
HISTORY OF DAVAO CITY POLICE OFFICE
Just before Japanese occupation in the Philippines, Davao City ranked among the peaceful place in the late 30’s when it had already installed Atty. Dante Nagtalon as Chief of Police in the defunct Davao City Police Department, receiving a meager salary of Php 120.00 per month. The DCPD building was located beside Davao City Hall though unfortunately fire gutted down the building to ashes in early 60’s. Then Davao City Mayor, the late Carmelo L. Porras ordered Chief of Police Atty. Monebrio F. Abellana, an army officer, who succeeded Nagtalon to temporarily house the DCPD office at the Boy Scout building adjacent to the present Post Office compound, then to the old Puericulture building which is now San Pedro Police Station (PS2) up to late 60’s later to the old Capitol Building where the present Sangguniang Panglungsod building now stands.
On October 5, 1945, this city had its first Provincial Commander, Phil Constabulary, by the person of Major Felipe Fetalvero. As part and parcel of the (4) major commands of the AFP, its function was different and almost always the personnel were confined to barracks whereas policemen handled traffic, vice, investigation, patrol and other related police functions. Before, PC had broader responsibility when the lone Davao Province was split into Davao Sur, Davao Norte and Davao Oriental.
Twist of fate came unexpectedly. By virtue of Presidential Decree No. 765, the late President Ferdinand E Marcos, place the whole police and fire services on Aug 8, 1975 making the Philippine Constabulary as the nucleus and the two (2) services as components as enumerated under PDs 421, 482,531,585 and 641. Thus, the Integrated National Police was born.
The PC/INP set up was operational with its base in the old PC barracks now named Camp Capt. Domingo E. Leonor.
Davao del Sur Constabulary Command of the undivided Davao provinces was later renamed as Davao Metropolitan District Command on May 24, 1980 pursuant to GO# 69 of the then PC/INP Regional Command XI.
On January 2, 1991 – RA 6975 was created and Philippine National Police came into existence under the Department of Interior and Local Government by virtue of the PNP Law in 1992, the Metropolitan District Command was later renamed as Davao City Police Office which has already more than a thousand members task to enforce the law, prevent and control crimes, maintain peace and order and ensure public security and internal security to more or less 1.5 Million people in the bustling city of beautiful people called Davao.