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54 long-term absentee police officers sacked

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A general meeting at the Ministry of Interior. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Interior Ministry has sacked 54 police officers for being long-term absentees from work.
The officers, with a highest rank of captain, came from 12 provincial police headquarters, plus the General Identification and Land Border Police Protection departments in Phnom Penh, as well as the capital’s police headquarters.
“The ministry has deleted the names of 54 national police officers off the salary list for abandoning their jobs,” said Interior Minister Sar Kheng. 
The ministry’s chief secretary Por Pheak said the dismissals followed police employment practice.
“When they are absent without permission for 15 days they receive a first warning letter,” said Mr Pheak. “If they still don’t show up we send them a second letter.
“If they still fail to appear they are deemed to have abandoned their jobs. We usually don’t know why they aren’t appearing for work. It might be they have found other jobs.”
Sao Samon, deputy police chief in Battambang province, backed the decision to sack the officers. “They have often not been to work for two to four months without giving any reason for it,” he said.
San Chey, executive director of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability Cambodia, was reluctant to support the decision without knowing the reasons for the officers’ absences.
However, he suspected some officers had found dubious ways to earn more money outside the police force.
“Some low-paid officers earn more by protecting gambling operations in return for receiving monthly bribes,” he said.
Mr Chey said bribery was a practice young officers first came into contact with while working for the police.
One example he gave was that when someone reported having their motorcycle stolen, officers sometimes demanded a side payment in the event of the bike being found.

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