3 more cops dismissed from service for drug use PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 November 2012 14:29

Three policemen were dismissed from the service, while six others are still undergoing legal and administrative procedures for involvement in drug-related acts.

Police Regional Office-9 Director Chief Supt. Napoleon R. Estilles said the three policemen who were discharged of their duties belonged to the Siocon Municipal Police Station. They were found positive of drug use while in active police service.

Estilles likewise relieved the Siocon police station chief and all 45 policemen under him were ordered to undergo a back-to-basic re-training course with the subject of Character Aptitude and Development Program in the Regional Support Training Unit (RSTU) at Camp Abendan in Barangay Mercedes, Zamboanga City.

Estilles said the discovery of the drug using policemen came after his command received persistent reports about some policemen pushing and using drugs in the municipality of Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte.

Earlier, the police regional director had instructed the Siocon police station chief to conduct an investigation as well as penalize those who will be found positive of drug use. However, Estilles’ order was not acted upon within a required period, prompting him to form a separate special investigation team from the PRO-9 headquarters which conducted a surprise inspection in the area. The team subjected all the 45 men of the Siocon police station to undergo random drug testing and the result was nine of them were found positive of drug use.

Estilles immediately directed the 45 police personnel to report to the PRO-9 headquarters to undergo re-training program as a disciplinary action.

Estilles had earlier dismissed from the service six erring cops to include a police chief inspector found guilty of administrative charges lodged against them for misconduct.
The police regional director warned all police officers and personnel in Zamboanga Peninsula under PRO-9 to perform their mandates properly and never get involved in any illegal activities for them not to get entangled in problems in the future. — Bhong Simbajon