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Police dismisses over 150 officers

Police have dismissed over 150 officers who were found to have breached standards.   The disciplinary action in the police, ranges from a caution, severe reprimand, written warnings, discharge, demotion or reduction in rank, stopping or withholding or deferment of increase in salary, fine, recovery of the cost or part of it, imprisonment in police custody, confinement to residence or barracks, communal labour and or dismissal. 

According to police Spokesman Fred Enanga, a total of 73 officers, were dismissed between 2015 and 2019, following internal disciplinary actions. 

Only 41 were absent from duty without official leave, C/S 44(1) code 20b; 06, were charged with discreditable or irregular conduct C/S 44(1) code 12b; 05 were dismissed for neglect of duty, C/S 44(1) code 19(c); 12 on grounds of Scandalous manner c/s 44(1), code 14(1) and (2); 01 for causing loss to Government Property c/s44(1) code 7 and 28; 03 for drunkardness c/s 44(1) code 13, 02 for withdrawal from duty o1 for damage to clothing or Articles supplied for duty c/s 44(1) code 26a and 02 for disobedience of lawful orders.

 “Only 18 subordinate officers are awaiting their formal letters of dismissal for scandalous behaviour, corrupt practices, away without official leave, Neglect of Duty, discreditable or irregular conduct and theft.”

“Officers already charged by the Police Council Appointments/Promotions Committee and charged.  Under this category 54 officers, were discharged from the force for being absent without official leave, neglect of duty, scandalous manner, drunkardness, discreditable or irregular conduct and causing loss to Government.”

Additionally, eight officers are pending formal discharge by the Police Council Appointments or Promotions Committee, for being Away without official leave, scandalous manner and drunkerdness.

Enanga said Police expect the highest personal and professional standards of all officers.  “Any allegations of behaviour that do not meet the set standards are rigorously investigated in accordance with the Police Act and Standing orders.  All the officers indicated above, had the cases of gross misconduct proven against them, and for that matter cannot continue enforcing the law or using their previous positions of power.” he added

“We strongly believe such stern measures will further help in reducing the many cases of civil litigation against the police and the Attorney General. It will further help the public to have confidence in police officers who have a duty to be honest, act with integrity and not compromise or abuse their position.” he said 

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