27 cops fired in Caraga’s police cleanup drive

Esquivel: This is part of our ongoing internal cleansing efforts to instill discipline and build ethics among our ranks. Contributed photo  

A total of 27 police officers in the Caraga Region have been dismissed from the service since 2019 until January 2020 as the regional police command continues to clean up the ranks of the police in the region.

“This is part of our ongoing internal cleansing efforts to instill discipline and build ethics among our ranks,” Brig. Gen. Joselito Esquivel Jr., the Caraga’s police chief, said in an e-mailed statement.

Esquivel said the dismissal of 27 errant police officers for serious neglect of duty, conduct unbecoming a police officer, and grave misconduct show that the PNP has no place for rogue police officers who commit illegal activities and violate the law.

Aside from the dismissed police officers, some 50 lawmen from different parts of Caraga were also demoted, suspended, or reprimanded during the same period due to other cases of misconducts.

The Caraga is composed of the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Dinagat Islands.

Esquivel said those meted out disciplinary action were accorded due process before the final decisions were arrived at.

Esquivel vowed that the Caraga police force will be cleansed of rogue police officers “as the cleansing process was continuing.”

“We need cops who are true to their sworn duties and committed to render quality police services,” he said. CLC

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