National Military Police chief General Sao Sokha has designated a working group to have all Ratanakkiri provincial military police undergo a drug test in order to identify addicts.
According to a statement obtained today, the working group consists of nine senior military police officers, who were appointed on June 9, to start implementing compulsory urine tests to identify drug users.
The working group is tasked to do urine tests for all military police officers in Ratanakkiri province, especially those who are suspected of drug use.
In any suspicious case, the working group has the right to summon provincial high-ranking military police officers to facilitate their investigation, the statement said.
“The working group can ask for help from relevant institutions and must make a report of the investigation once the operation is completed,” Gen Sokha said.
The move comes after rumours circulated that some military police officers in Ratanakiri province were involved in drug use and distribution.
National Military Police spokesman Brigadier General Eng Hy yesterday said the provincial military police officers who tested positive for drug use will be sacked from their positions.
“It’s important to verify and provide proof to the public when there is a rumour like this,” he said. “We must cut out any military police officer who used drugs in order to set a good example to citizens.”
Full story in Wednesday’s paper