Being late, missing work, drinking liquor or not following orders, were some of the reasons led to the dismissal without the employer’s responsibility of about 82 police officers from the Public Force.
In total, 197 troops were dismissed in recent months. 115 of them were removed from their positions with employer’s responsibility.
But, according to the Legal Directorate of the Ministry of Public Security (MSP), that does not mean the dismissal was done on good terms. Rather, it is because the organization prefers to choose this path to avoid a burdensome red tape and get the officer out as soon as possible.
This year in particular there were several cases of Public Forces officials that were arrested for links with criminal groups.
A significant number of layoffs for corruption are made with management responsibility aiming to cut off the officer from the Force as soon as possible.
These are serious cases, and Minister Gustavo Mata does not want to have these people around anymore. For example, having someone investigated for organized crime inside the police is a real mess. Sometimes ordinary remedies are not enough to attack evil,”
added Jeiner Villalobos from Legal Directorate of the MPS.
Some of these dismissals are covered in Article 140 of the Constitution, which states that members from the security forces can be freely removed, without an investigation or justification.