BY SHIELA G. GELERA
A police officer in Bacolod City is being investigated for using an impounded vehicle for his personal use.
The details, however, could not be divulged yet pending the filing of the case against the police officer, P/Col. Henry Biñas, Bacolod City Police Office director, said yesterday.
It is the Philippine National Police Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) that is probing the police officer.
New PNP chief, P/Gen. Camilo Pancratius Cascolan, has warned police officers against using confiscated vehicles and motorcycles which are part of evidences in criminal cases.
Cascolan had ordered a nationwide inspection and inventory of all vehicles impounded as evidence, the report also said.
The IMEG and Highway Patrol Group have been tapped to lead the crackdown.
“There is a standing order that you cannot use the vehicle used as evidence even in the performance of your duty or in your private activities. That is not allowed,” Biñas said.
So far, in Bacolod, no one has been arrested or charged for such violation, which is considered a grave offense, Biñas said.
Vehicles recovered during operations are placed in the custody of concerned police station, he added.*