PNP chief orders crackdown on cops driving evidence, unregistered vehicles

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Philippine National Police Chief, Police General Camilo Pancratius Cascolan has ordered a nationwide inspection and inventory of all motor vehicles impounded as evidence in criminal cases to prevent its unauthorized use by PNP personnel.

At the same time, Cascolan instructed PNP unit commanders to conduct surprise camp lockdown to inspect unregistered, recovered, impounded and carnapped or stolen vehicles being used by PNP units and personnel.

The Chief PNP thru The Director for Operations, Police Major General Alfred Corpuz, ordered the strict implementation of PNP SOP No. 2011-004 on “Revised Procedure in the Reporting and Disposition of Stolen and Recovered /Impounded Motor Vehicle”.

Cascolan tapped the combined efforts of the PNP Highway Patrol Group (HPG) and PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) to lead the nationwide crackdown.

Regional Highway Patrol Units will team-up with operatives of PNP-IMEG to supervise the accounting of all motor vehicles and motorcycles impounded in police camps and stations.

The said PNP policy strengthens the campaign that prohibits the use of unregistered, recovered, impounded; and stolen motor vehicles and motorcycles or the removal of any parts or accessories of these vehicles by unscrupulous PNP personnel, Cascolan said.

Cascolan likewise ordered the Regional Directors of all Police Regional Offices to conduct an inventory and of all impounded evidence vehicles in the custody of lower units down the line for inspection by the HPG-IMEG composite teams.

The Chief PNP warned police personnel found to be using evidence vehicles of stiff administrative sanctions for “infidelity in the custody of evidence”, while those in possession of undocumented or stolen vehicles will face appropriate criminal charges.

The PNP internal cleansing program will be put into action without fear or favor. There will be no sacred cows in this drive, whoever is involved, let the axe fall where it may, Cascolan said.

“We owe it to President Rodrigo R. Duterte and to the Filipino people that the PNP should take the lead, and lead by example in the national crusade against crime and corruption,” the Chief PNP said.