CCPO warns public vs. criminals pretending to be cops

THE Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) has warned the public not to allow persons who introduce themselves as policemen to enter their homes without a search warrant.

Col. Ireneo Dalogdog, CCPO director, said it is strictly prohibited for them to enter the homes of those suspected to have committed a crime, especially without a search warrant.

Dalogdog said even during their operations, they apply for a search warrant before the court and coordinate with other law enforcement agencies such as the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, especially if their subject is involved in illegal drugs.

Dalogdog urged the public to exercise caution if they meet people who pretend to be policemen and try to enter their house. He advised homeowners to ask the visiting party to show their search warrant from the court and if possible, to take pictures or videos of the persons involved and call the nearest police station for assistance.

The issue came to light after a resident of Barangay Quiot in Cebu City posted on social media that a couple of men pretending to be policemen went to his home and forced their way into a room of their house and searched their belongings as if they were looking for illegal drugs.

But when the men left, the netizen noticed that his cellphone and other gadgets were already gone.

Dalogdog believes that former police officers who were stripped of their badges and their civilian cohorts were behind the modus operandi. (AYB / TPT)