Chief sacks 1200 po­lice

Otago Daily Times - - The World -

MANILA: The Philip­pine cap­i­tal’s po­lice chief or­dered that the en­tire 1200­mem­ber po­lice force in one of Manila’s big­gest ar­eas be re­lieved of duty and re­trained yes­ter­day, in re­sponse to a se­ries of con­tro­ver­sies, in­clud­ing the killing of two teenagers and CCTV footage show­ing po­lice rob­bing a house dur­ing an al­leged drug raid.

Metro Manila’s top of­fi­cer, Os­car Al­bay­alde, said all po­lice per­son­nel in the Caloocan area of the cap­i­tal would un­dergo re­train­ing and re­ori­en­ta­tion be­fore be­ing re­as­signed to other po­lice units, not nec­es­sar­ily in Manila.

‘‘We will start with the city’s po­lice precincts 2 and 7,’’ Al­bay­alde said.

All per­son­nel in Caloocan’s head­quar­ters and seven precincts would be tem­po­rar­ily re­placed by the re­gional pub­lic safety bat­tal­ion, a com­bat­trained unit.

Al­bay­alde did not say how long the re­train­ing would last or how long it would take for the en­tire po­lice force in Caloocan to be re­placed. — Reuters

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