EPD chief to help policemen using drugs

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INTENSIFIED CAMPAIGN Various drug personalities who surrendered to the police are briefed by newly installed Quezon City Police District director, Police Senior Supt. Guillermo Eleazar at Camp Karingal in Quezon City. PHOTO BY MIKE DE JUAN

INTENSIFIED CAMPAIGN Various drug personalities who surrendered to the police are briefed by newly installed Quezon City Police District director, Police Senior Supt. Guillermo Eleazar at Camp Karingal in Quezon City. PHOTO BY MIKE DE JUAN

SENIOR Superintendent Romulo Sapitula, acting District Director of the Eastern Police District (EPD), has urged policemen who are using illegal drugs to surrender to him so that they can undergo rehabilitation.

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The EPD launched “Oplan Kalinga” program which aims to assist and rehabilitate its personnel who are hooked on illegal drugs.

Sapitula made the call after a police officer went to his office to seek help. The police official said he expects more policemen to come out.

He said police officers who admitted that they are using illegal drugs should not be afraid because they will get assistance.

“I am encouraging them [EPD personnel who are also hooked on illegal drugs] to turn themselves in for rehabilitation with no case be filed. They can still have their salaries while undergoing rehabilitation,” Sapitula noted.

He also urged his personnel to help him encourage suspected drug users and pushers to voluntarily surrender.

As of July 6, about 1,341 self-confessed drug users and pushers from the cities of Marikina, Pasig, San Juan, and Mandaluyong surrendered to the police.

Sapitula said surrenderers will be profiled, photographed and undergo fingerprint examination. They will also be classified according to how long and how frequently they use illegal drugs to determine the treatment they need to avail of, whether counseling, enrolment in programs or total rehabilitation, so that they can start a new life far away from illegal activities.

“We are expecting that the number of those involved in illegal drug activities who surrendered will still grow,” he noted.

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