Napolcom makes it easier to discipline erring cops

The National Police Commission (Napolcom) has authorized its Regional Directors, Acting Regional Directors and Staff Service Chief of the Inspection, Monitoring and Investigation Service (IMIS) to approve Pre-Charge Investigation Reports (PCIRs) as well as the corresponding formal charge against Philippine National Police (PNP) members.
This was disclosed by Napolcom Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer, lawyer Rogelio Casurao, following the issuance of Resolution No. 2018-010, dated January 11, 2018, revising certain provisions of Memorandum Circular No. 2016-002, particularly the forwarding by the Napolcom Regional Offices of PCIRs, which recommend either the conduct of summary dismissal proceedings or the dismissal of complaints, to the Central Office for approval of the Commission en banc.
The move is meant to facilitate the speedy disposition of administrative cases filed against erring police officers. 
Casurao said that there is a need to change the current practice in order to effectively discharge the Napolcom’s summary dismissal power over the police and in compliance with the present directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to streamline and expedite the mechanisms relative to the discipline of the PNP.
“The NAPOLCOM is resolved to strengthen its disciplinary functions in order to better serve the ends of justice and to ensure public accountability and utmost discipline in the police service,” Casurao said.
To further expedite the resolution of administrative complaints and cases against police officers filed with the Commission, the Napolcom Regional Directors, Acting Regional Directors and Staff Service Chief of IMIS are authorized to approve Initial Evaluation Reports recommending the dismissal of complaints for lack of jurisdiction or referral to the appropriate disciplinary authority or grievance committee.
 
The aforementioned officials are also empowered to approve PCIRs that recommend the conduct of summary dismissal proceedings upon the finding of probable cause. They can likewise approve PCIRs that recommend the dropping and closing of administrative complaints, in the absence of probable cause, for confirmation by the Napolcom en banc.
 
The said officials are also sanctioned to sign the Formal Charge and file the corresponding administrative case to be docketed before the Regional Office having territorial jurisdiction over the offense committed, or before the Central Office.
 
The Vice Chairman stressed that this Resolution shall have a retroactive application to the PCIRs that were submitted to the Commission en banc upon the issuance of Napolcom Memorandum Circular No. 2016-002 which took effect on June 15, 2016.
The Napolcom, which has supervisory powers of the PNP, is an attached agency of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Kathy Kenny

EIC

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