A TOP police official said that a policeman was found positive for using prohibited drugs during the conduct of a random test, Monday, June 13.
Senior Superintendent Debold Sinas, Police Regional Office (PRO)-Zamboanga Peninsula (Western Mindanao) deputy director for operations, said the policeman who was found positive was among the 320 officers and personnel who were subjected to the random drug test at Camp Romeo Abendan.
Camp Abendan houses the PRO-Zamboanga headquarters in the village of Mercedes, east of the City.
Sinas said those who have undergone drug test on Monday were police trainees and their trainors, and personnel who are under moral recovery program.
Sinas said the urine sample of the policemen who were found positive will be subjected to a confirmatory test for appropriate actions.
Once confirmed, Sinas said the policeman will be disarmed and will undergo summary dismissal proceedings.
He said the conduct of the random drug test on policemen is in line with the declaration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte that there will be intensive campaign against prohibited drugs under his administration.
“We will not just conduct anti-drug operation, we have also to check within our organization,” he added.
Sinas said the random drug test they conducted on Monday was the second they held at Camp Abendan.
Sinas said the first was on Sunday wherein no one was found positive among the 70 policemen who have undergone drug test.
He disclosed that so far 25 policemen were found positive for prohibited drug use since 2014 here in the region.
He said 17 of the 25 were dismissed from the police service but two of them filed motion for reconsideration.
He said the remaining eight policemen are still undergoing summary dismissal proceedings.