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Bohol molded Friday the country’s second provincial special police team trained to handle crisis situations province-wide.
Bohol Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team comes next to the Cebu SWAT, which was the first provincial special action team in the country, revealed Police Regional Director Ronaldo Roderos at a press conference at the Bohol Tropics Resort Wednesday.
More or less 37 police aspirants would be trimmed down to 17 after they pass the rigid training under 8 Camp Crame-based Special Action Forces and complemented by the 6 members of the Cebu City SWAT team, police sources said. 
After more than three months of grueling training, the Bohol team of 17 men, would be going on rotation duty 24 hours a day 7 days a week, explains Bohol Provincial Police Chief Edgardo Ingking. 
The team, organized in the pattern of the elite Los Angeles Police Department’s anti-crime SWAT would be allowing residents the protection of a force trained and given expertise to respond to problems. 
The press conference was held a day before outgoing Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief also formalizes the opening of the innovative Bohol Tourist Police Assistance Center in Bolod Panglao.
Admitting forming the Bohol team is really a belated move, PNP Chief Avelino Razon said if it were not for the insistent efforts of Bohol government and civil society leaders, the dream would not have been realized.
The move came after the Boholanos shivered in dread over a foiled bank robbery, which cost the life of a security guard, a robber and led to the notorious Meloy Garcia rob group disbandment.
Bohol Governor Erico Aumentado added that Bohol local officials including the congressional representatives pooled resources with the PNP and civil organizations like the Bohol Bankers Association, Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Confederation of Boholanos in the USA and Canada to fund the Bohol SWAT team realization. – The Bohol Chronicle

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