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Police officer ‘booked’ for smoking on duty

KUWAIT CITY, April 16: In adherence to the slogan ‘No one is above the law’ the Environment Protection Police (EPP) have issued a citation against a police officer for smoking while on duty and after a cigarette was found in his office, reports Al- Rai daily.

The daily added, a report has been sent to the Environment Public Authority which will be later sent to the Public Prosecution. The police officer will be punished if reconciliation is not reached with the EPA. According to a security source, environmental police officers paid a surprise visit to one of the police stations and caught the police officer in the rank of a captain red-handed smoking.

The source said orders have been issued by senior officers in the Ministry of Interior to apply the law on all without discrimination. The environment police will continue to pay surprise visits to all sectors and departments of the Ministry of Interior, just like other state institutions.

Meanwhile, in three months, the Environment Protection Police have issued 1,000 citations to members of the public for smoking in public areas where smoking is banned and throwing ash and cigarette butts inside commercial complexes in the Capital Governorate, reports Al-Rai daily.

A reliable source said this came after the environmental police officers were deployed in the commercial complexes following complaints by people that some smokers were disregarding the decision issued by the authorities banning smoking in certain areas, particularly commercial complexes.

The source pointed out if two violations are committed simultaneously a violator can end up paying KD 600 fine in case of non-reconciliation, but if the violator checks with the Environment Public Authority and an amicable settlement is reached after signing a pledge, the fine can be reduced to KD 100. However, the environmental source made it clear saying the fine for the first time violation for smoking in forbidden area is KD 50 and if reconciliation is not reached with the EPA the fine is KD 100.

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