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Antique PNP inaugurates crime laboratory

by PS Mabaquiao

San Jose, Antique (24 February) -- The Antique Police Provincial Office (APPO) recently inaugurated the Crime Laboratory, a landmark edifice for effective performance of police authorities in terms of crime solution efficiency.

PCSupt Arturo G. Cacdac Jr. CEO VI, Director, National Crime Laboratory Office said that the Antique Crime Laboratory is the 1st lab in the country outside of the Regional Command. He commended the partnership among the PNP, local officials and other concerned agencies for their earnest efforts to establish the said structure vital to the needs of police investigator in the speedy solution of crimes.

"The Crime Lab will ease the difficulty of police investigators of bringing the suspects, evidences among others to Crime Laboratory in the Regional Command" said PCSupt Cacdac. He also said that he is advocating for establishment of one Crime Lab per province as stipulated in the PNP transformation program.

It can be noted that the Provincial Government of the Antique has released from the 2008 budget under the 20% development fund the amount of P.5 million for the construction of the said laboratory.

Governor Salvacion Z. Perez and Vice Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao together assured the police authorities of the support of the Provincial Government in their endeavor to maintain peace and order. Governor Perez emphasized that concerned authorities is doing everything to solve an isolated case that find space in the national news for the past few days.

After the program, the PNP chaplain led the blessing rites of the laboratory where investigative equipment from the National Crime Lab are to be installed. Among the equipment which was turned over by PCSupt Cacdac to the Provincial command are weighing scale, camera, finger print kit, computer set and police lines. The lab will be headed by a chemist from the National Crime Laboratory.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members, Municipal Mayors and other local officials were present during the inauguration to show support to PNPs quest for efficient solution of crimes.

During the dialogue with local officials, PCSupt Cacdac Cacdac assured them that the PNP will conduct mandatory drug test to PNP personnel in line with the PNP transformation program and those found positive will be charged administratively and dismissed from service. (PIA) [top]

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