BACOLOD CITY -- A total of 454 police officers in the Negros Island Region (NIR) were promoted to the next higher rank in rites held at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr. here Wednesday.

Chief Superintendent Edmund Gonzales, acting director of Police Regional Office (PRO) - 18, who led the awarding rites, lauded the policemen, along with 27 others who received awards.

The group was the last to be promoted and awarded under PRO-18, which will end its operations next month following the abolition of the NIR.

The newly-promoted personnel consisted of 10 police commissioned officers (PCOs) and 444 police non-commissioned officers (PNCOs).

The 10 commissioned officers consisted of five policemen who were promoted from Inspector to Senior Inspector and five others who rose from Senior Inspector to Chief Inspector.

Moreover, 62 Police Officers 1 (PO1s) became PO2s while 45 PO2s were promoted to PO3s.

A total of 66 PO3s were bestowed the rank of Senior Police Officer 1 (SPO1) and 108 SPO1s became SPO2s.

Also, 138 SPO2s were promoted to become SPO3s while 23 SPO3s became SPO4s.

Two SPO4s moved up to the rank of Inspector.

Earlier this year, 279 policemen under PRO-18 were also promoted to the next higher rank, consisting of 21 commissioned officers and 258 non-commissioned officers. (PNA)