20 cops sacked for drug use PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 12:02

By ALLEN ABASTILLAS

Twenty policemen from the different police stations in the region have been dismissed from the service for drug use, while six others are facing summary proceedings on the same offense.

Police Regional Office 9 Deputy Regional Director for Operations Sr. Supt. Debold M. Sinas said Tuesday that the 20 policemen have been found positive of  drug use during random testing.

The random drug test among police personnel is being carried out since 2014.

Eleven policemen were dismissed in 2014, six in 2015 and six facing summary proceedings while three were found positive of drug use — two from a police station of  Zamboanga City Police Office and one from Zamboanga Sibugay Police Provincial Office.

According to Sinas, more than 900 policemen  in the region have been tested for drug use since 2014.

Once discovered they are drugs users, policemen undergo preliminary proceedings and summary dismissal if proven guilty.

Sinas was directed Tuesday by PRO9 Director Chief Supt. Billy B. Beltran to supervise a random drug test among policemen of the Zamboanga City Police Office under Sr. Supt. Luisito Magnaye. It was held at the multi- purpose covered court  in Camp Batalla. — Allen Abastillas