Campaign vs. rogue cops
THE breakdown of discipline among some members of the PNP as played up recently in the various media is a very dangerous indicator that being a “rogue cop” is the “in” thing among our law enforcers today.
These erring cops were sworn to enforce, defend and uphold the law. They were also issued firearms and ammunition and paid for to do it. But now, they themselves are violating the law and committing various grave misconducts, like using and trafficking illegal drugs, kidnap-for-ransom, murder, etc..
Yesterday, we got information that a group of cops assigned in a Police Community Precinct in Caloocan City were caught in a video while having a “shabu pot session” inside their place of assignment.
In one of the several “spy cam” video-taped activity of the group, they made it appear that it is just normal for them to be using shabu in their PCP station, the video of which was seen by NCRPO chief Director Nick Bartolome after a press briefing yesterday at the Napolcom office in Makati City.
These cops, with at least four of them already identified, will surely soon be included in the list of dismissed cops, known as scalawags.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, Napolcom vice-chair Eduardo Escueta, PNP chief Gen. Raul Bacalzo and two other Napolcom commissioners also managed to see the video-clip of the shabu-sniffing cops recorded in a computer lap top. Malas ng mga pulis!
During the press conference, Robredo said the DILG, Napolcom and PNP must quickly address the symptoms of an apparent breakdown in discipline among some police officers by instituting reforms like making their immediate supervisors or commanders responsible for their subordinate’s misdeeds.
The immediate superiors should always exercise their disciplinary authority and with dispatch against erring subordinates. He should not tolerate anything with regards to violation of personnel discipline. If a commander can’t perform his job of disciplining his men, then he should be relieved ASAP.
All erring cops must all be given due process. But they should also be given swift justice, say 30 days, to resolve the investigation of their administrative cases.
We should be able to instill into the minds of all officers not to sully their uniforms and avoid the risk of destroying their careers and reputations.
Robredo says he does not give second chances to all cops with pending drug-related cases. Even the so-called “users only” will be dismissed from the service ASAP.
All letters of appeal for reinstatement of policemen with drug-related cases will surely be denied by the SILG.
Meantime, it was suggested that the DILG and PNP impose heavier penalties against police officers who, while on duty or not, commit violent crimes while under the influence of liquor or drugs.
Drunken or high on drugs cops are are oftentimes emboldened to commit crimes. In the vernacular, they are said to be “nakaka-hiram ng tapang sa alak.” It is during drinking sprees that some of our cops become irrational and do engage in indiscriminate firing; petty quarrels/misunderstandings; fistfights that lead to shooting incidents, among others.
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