Surprise drug test for Negros antinarcotics police

SURPRISE DRUGS TEST. Members of the drug control departments of various police stations in Negros Occidental deposit their urine samples to the staff of the Provincial Crime Lab during a seminar at the provincial police station in Bacolod on Friday 31 August. NOCPPO

BACOLOD City – About 200 anti-drug workers from the provincial office of the Negros Occidental Police (Nocppo) had undergone a drug test.

They include members of drug control units from various police stations in the province, said Nocppo public information officer Senior Inspector Aireen Cordua.

Those of San Carlos City, Escalante City, Calatrava, Toboso and Salvador Benedicto have not done the Friday drug test. They've already done it two weeks ago.

Police officers were made to submit urine samples, Cordua added. The results will be released this week.

According to Cordua, the anti-drug workers attended a seminar on the procedures for filing drug cases at the headquarters in Nocppo, when they were informed that a drugs test will take place.

Staff of the Provincial Crime laboratory facilitated the test by order of Nocppo director Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Castil Jr.

Castil said it was part of the internal purge campaign of the Philippine national police (PNP).

In mid-August the PNP reported that at least 400 members of various law enforcement agencies in the country had been dismissed for drugs.

PNP spokesperson Senior Superintendent Benigno Durana Jr. said 267 staff were made redundant for drug use, while 95 others were dismissed for drug-related offenses. (With a report from PNA/PN)

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