The Bureau of Public Safety (BPS) imposed a penalty of 45-day suspension without pay against a police officer who was found responsible for the leaked police files that were being shared via online private messaging.

Police Officer Josh Ngiraswei, a young police officer that had just been sworn in office last year, will be suspended beginning February 21 until April 29 after thorough investigations placed him as the person behind the leaked police photos of a crime scene that were shared several times online.

The BPS, in its letter of suspension, stated that the decision was made based on the Bureau Public Service System (BPSS) Rules and Regulations.

Several violations of the police codes were cited against the young officer including disclosure of confidential information and evidence, inexcusable neglect of duty, misuse of government property, conduct unbecoming an officer, and others.

The young police officer reportedly admitted he had violated certain ethical standards.

In our previous report, Vice President and Justice Minister Raynold Oilouch reiterated that although he is ready to stand behind police officers anytime, he will not defend cops who will be found committing misconducts. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)