91 er­rant cops fall in swift action vs po­lice abuse, ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties

Palawan Daily News - - Security -

Over the past 19 months of cru­sade against rogue cops and in­sti­tu­tion­al­iz­ing in­ter­nal cleans­ing pro­gram of the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice, the Coun­ter­In­tel­li­gence Task Force (CITF) ar­rested 91 po­lice per­son­nel and neu­tral­ized 7 per­son­nel in 50 sep­a­rate counter-in­tel­li­gence op­er­a­tions.

CITF Com­man­der, PSSupt Romeo M Cara­mat Jr said the Task Force re­ceived a to­tal of 13,481 SMS and calls com­plaints through its hot­line num­bers in­clud­ing 1,718 com­plaints con­cern­ing 450 Po­lice Com­mis­sioned Of­fi­cers (PCOs) and 1,454 Po­lice Non-Com­mis­sioned Of­fi­cers (PNCOs) from Fe­bru­ary 3, 2017 to Septem­ber 27, 2018.

In ad­di­tion, CITF in­ves­ti­ga­tions led to the fil­ing of ad­min­is­tra­tive cases be­fore the In­ter­nal Af­fairs Ser­vice (IAS) against 66 po­lice per­son­nel, and crim­i­nal charges in court against 85 other er­rant po­lice per­son­nel in­clud­ing 21 civil­ians.

Cara­mat said 173 com­plaints and in­for­ma­tion re­ceived by this Task Force were sub­se­quently re­ferred to con­cerned of­fice of Deputy Re­gional Di­rec­tor for Op­er­a­tions.

Of the 13,481 com­plaints and in­for­ma­tion re­ceived since Fe­bru­ary 3, 2017, 36 com­plaints in­volv­ing 75 PNP per­son­nel and civil­ians were re­ferred for scrupu­lous in­ves­ti­ga­tion and other 137 cases in­volv­ing 180 PNP per­son­nel and civil­ians were re­ferred to re­spec­tive PNP units for proper val­i­da­tion.

CITF added there are also 152 walk-in com­plainants against 203 PNP per­son­nel and other in­volved civil­ians.

Mean­while, PNP Chief, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Os­car Al­bay­alde said the PNP In­ter­nal Cleans­ing Pro­gram will be re­lent­less to those per­son­nel who put the or­ga­ni­za­tion to shame as the stern pro­gram will not spare any­one.

“We will also be res­o­lute in our strong de­sire to achieve an or­ga­ni­za­tional cul­ture where pro­fes­sion­al­ism and in­tegrity per­vade and en­dure at all times. And our in­ter­nal cleans­ing pro­gram will not spare any­one.” Al­bay­alde said.

The re­lent­less ef­fort of the PNP thrust on in­ter­nal re­form pro­gram has led to the dis­missal of 2,169 po­lice per­son­nel, and 4,133 oth­ers were sus­pended for var­i­ous in­frac­tions and vi­o­la­tion of PNP rules. In ad­di­tion, an­other 368 were also dis­missed for drug-re­lated of­fenses.

CITF calls on pub­lic sup­port to re­port abuse, ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and anom­alies in­volv­ing PNP per­son­nel through its 24/7 Text and Call hot­lines: 0998-970-2286 and 09995-795-2569 and thru ‘Counter In­tel­li­gence Task Force’ (@PNPCITF) on Face­book Mes­sen­ger. (PNPPIO)

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