A total of 153 police personnel assigned at the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office and Bacolod City Police Office underwent random drug testing yesterday as part of the PNP internal cleansing.
Ninety-eight of them, including three non-uniformed personnel, are detailed at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr. headquarters. Lt. Col. Ariel Pico reported that 55 BCPO personnel were also subjected to drug testing, administered by the PNP Crime Laboratory.
Also tested were 161 personnel who were selected randomly from the different divisions of Police Regional Office 6, including Police Col. Harold Tuzon, Deputy Regional Director for Operations, and some members of the regional staff.
Lt. Col. Joem Malong, spokesperson of the PRO 6 said, yesterday that personnel found positive in any of the tests conducted will be dismissed from the service on the grounds of Conduct Unbecoming of a Police Officer.
Malong said the tests were simultaneously conducted in provincial and city police offices region wide, and were targeted to be administered to at least 25 percent of the total population of PRO6 in the first quarter. Unannounced drug tests to be administered by the Regional Crime Laboratory Office 6 (RCLO6) will be conducted for the period.
Brig Gen. Rene Pamuspusan, Western Visayas police chief, reminded provincial and city directors during a recent command conference that internal cleansing is still one of his priorities.*
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