Twenty high-ranking municipal police officers were sacked from their positions after being found to have been inactive or absent from work, a senior police official said.
The twenty held the ranks of captain, first lieutenant, second lieutenant or warrant officers, according to Interior Minister Sar Kheng. They were dismissed at the request of the National Police.
“They no longer receive salary and additional bonuses from August 2019. All relevant departments must follow this directive,” Mr Kheng said in an order earlier this week.
National Police spokesman Lieutenant General Chhay Kim Khoeun yesterday said the 20 police officers had been absent from public duties because they spent their times doing extra work for individual benefits.
“We discovered that they received salaries every month by working at a bank or ATM but they rarely showed up in office,” he said. “I was informed that some of them work for private companies and some run businesses.”
“We had to dismiss them from their positions in order to ensure public transparency in accordance with civil service code,” Lt Gen Kim Khoeun added.
He said the twenty police officers had previously been educated and faced administrative discipline several times, but noted that they did not change.
Lt Gen Kim Khoeun said that the National Police has fired hundreds of police officers in previous years after determining that they were not doing their duties or were absent from work.