Monday, October 06, 2008

Officer Christopher McGinn Charged with Drug Offences

A SERVING Police officer has appeared in court charged with drug offences.

Christopher McGinn, 28, appeared on petition at Haddington Sheriff Court today, where he was charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and with perverting the course of justice.

McGinn, a serving police officer from Prestonpans in East Lothian, has now been suspended from duty.

He appeared in court alongside another man, 27-year-old David Gare.
Gare, of Musselburgh in East Lothian, was also charged under the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act.

A Crown Office spokeswoman said both men made no plea or declaration and were remanded in custody.

Source: Edinburgh Evening News

The case was continued for further examination and they are expected to appear in court again later this month.

Lothian and Borders Police today confirmed two men had been arrested and charged with alleged drugs offences following an investigation by the force.

In a statement, they said: "The force can confirm that one of the accused is a serving uniformed police officer, and that individual has been suspended."

Rookie Officer Alfie Madrid Charged with Killing Officer

MANILA, Philippines

A rookie policeman – one of the topnotchers in the 2005 criminology licensure examinations – was charged Monday with shooting and killing a police officer and wounding his wife following an argument over a minor road accident in Bacoor, Cavite province.

PO1 Alfie Madrid, 26, was charged with murder and frustrated murder at the Bacoor Prosecutor’s Office, according to Supt. Mario Reyes, town police chief.

Reyes said they also filed a case for illegal possession of firearms and ammunitions against the suspect.

The same charges were filed against Hermogenes Gagan, a civilian who was with Madrid at the time of the shooting incident.

A police investigation showed that Madrid, who is assigned to the Regional Special Action Unit of the National Capital Region Police Office, shot Insp. William Pelicano, a policeman assigned in Las PiƱas City, during an argument following a vehicular accident on Marcos Alvarez Road in Barangay Molino 3, Bacoor, at around 8 p.m. Friday.

Pelicano, who was accompanied by his wife, Babylyn, was in a passenger jeepney when it was bumped by a Daihatsu multicab driven by Gagan. Seated beside Gagan was Madrid.

The victim, who was wearing a police uniform, alighted from the jeep and talked to Gagan. When the victim and the suspects started arguing, Madrid allegedly shot Pelicano several times, a police report said.

Pelicano’s wife rushed to his aid, but Madrid also shot her in the arm, the report added.

Pelicano was rushed to the Molino Doctors Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

Police found two 9 mm Beretta pistols, bullets and magazines for .45 cal. and 9 mm handguns and Gagan’s license to carry firearms in his van. Gagan was arrested by Bacoor police who rushed to the scene, while Madrid was apprehended in a follow-up operation.

According to the records of the Professional Regulation Commission, Madrid ranked seventh among the 1,476 examinees who passed the criminology board tests in May 2005.

Madrid’s superior, NCRPO chief Director Jefferson Soriano, Monday ordered his men to undergo a weekly “troop information and education” to prevent similar incidents from happening.

He also met with RSAU personnel in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City, where he told them to strictly “respect the police uniform and rank.”

“Starting today, I will require a strict observance of the chain of command, from Police Officers 1 to the highest position in the command,” Soriano told 300 RSAU agents, considered as the NCRPO’s elite police unit.

In his speech, Soriano said the incident only showed the “grave problem” regarding the lack of respect among PNP members.

“There’s no reason for us to draw our guns and shoot whoever we want to kill, especially someone who is wearing a police uniform,” he said.

Trial Begins for Keith Peoples


The trial of a fifth Charleston police officer accused of double dipping is scheduled to start Monday.

Keith Peoples is charged with obtaining by fraudulent schemes and computer fraud.

Peoples is accused of working security at the Charleston Town Center Mall while he was on the clock for the Charleston Police Department. It allegedly happened several times between January 2000 and August 2004.

Police Offiers Involved in Shocking Range of Crimes

POLICE officers across Wales have been involved in a shocking range of crimes in the past three years.

On Sunday investigation has found that officers have been caught red-handed committing the very crimes they are paid with taxpayers’ money to prevent.

Some officers were even accused of carrying out crimes while they were on the beat.

Using Freedom of Information legislation, we asked Wales’ four police forces to break down the number of times officers had been arrested, charged and convicted of criminal offences over the past three years.

Dyfed-Powys Police charged two of their officers for possessing child pornography – while others were quizzed for alleged sex assault, threats to kill and forgery. Seven in 10 of their police officer arrests ended in conviction.

A total of 22 officers were held by South Wales Police between 2005 and the end of last year, for alleged crimes including possession of class A drugs, stealing from their own police force, intimidating witnesses, arson and threatening behaviour.

Meanwhile North Wales Police convicted their officers of common assault, using a mobile phone while at the wheel and other driving offences. Others were held over corruption and for getting out of hand while they were meant to be on duty. The force said they were constantly checking to make sure their staff met strict criteria.

They said: “North Wales Police have rigorous vetting procedures which includes a convictions check. North Wales Police are continually reviewing and updating their vetting procedures in respect of newly recruited and existing staff.

“Recruitment and vetting is held securely in individual files.”

Gwent Police was the force with the best track record. None of their officers was arrested on suspicion of committing a criminal offences over the three year period.

Monmouthshire MP David Davies, who is also special constable for the British Transport Police, said it was important for officers to remember the importance of their role in society. He said: “If you are a police officer you are expected to adhere to a high standard at all times, but it is important not to generalise. There are no excuses for anyone who commits any type of crime, particularly possession of child pornography or drugs.

“There will be a small percentage of any organisation who will transgress, but the police forces have bluntly told me that they will do everything they can to find them and root them out.”

David Lindley, deputy chief constable of Leicestershire and Association of Chief Police Officers spokesman on performance and conduct regulations, said that vast majority of police officers could be trusted to abide by the law, and that the figures needed to be viewed in context.

He said: “The police service expects good conduct and probity from its officers and staff at all times, and when we fall below that high standard we will investigate.

“The figures should be seen in the context of the overall number of police officers, the overwhelming majority of whom serve the public with dedication.

“They also demonstrate that police officers are treated no differently to other people when wrongdoing is alleged.”

The charges they faced.

The alleged crimes that police were arrested, charged and convicted of during the past three years.


Threats to kill


Possession of indecent images

Driving with excess alcohol

Sexual assault


Breach of data protection

Use of a mobile phone while driving


Careless driving

Common assault

Failure to comply with traffic light


Common assault

Intimidating a witness


Possession of a class A drug

Section 20 wounding

Misconduct in public office

Threatening behaviour