NCRPO chief orders fast tracking of cases vs. erring cops

MANILA-- National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Oscar Albayalde on Tuesday ordered the fast tracking of cases and complaints against erring policemen for appropriate charges, including those on Absence Without Office Leave (AWOL) status.

Albayalde issued the order during a command conference at the NCRPO after the presentation from the five police districts on the alleged illegal activities perpetrated by NCRPO personnel within their respective area of responsibility.

He stressed that all police officers with AWOL status should be accounted.

"After due process have been made, file appropriate charges against these police officers, then make sure to recover their issued firearms, badges, identification cards and police uniforms to avoid misuse," Albayalde said.

Likewise, he also ordered the dismissal of "rookie cops" who went on AWOL during the Orientation Program that the NCRPO currently conducts.

The Orientation Program is an additional 45 days training as part of the Internal Cleansing Program of the NCRPO.

It aims to instill discipline, build ethics, and evaluate the commitment level of each police officer to their sworn duties.

"Since these rookie cops are still on a temporary status, it is better to remove them from the list before they put the organization on bad light. There are many applicants who wanted to become police officers more qualified and deserving," Albayalde said.

The NCRPO chief also ordered all district directors, chiefs of police and station commanders to take full responsibility of their subordinates or face the consequences.

Source: Philippines News Agency