Cambodia reminds police not to carry guns off duty

AP News
Posted: Jan 05, 2016 8:56 AM

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian authorities are cracking down on gun-related violence — by reminding police officers they are banned from carrying firearms while off duty.

National Police spokesman Gen. Kirt Chatharith said Tuesday the Interior Ministry issued the ban several years ago, but Phnom Penh city police chief Chhoun Sovann this week reminded officers of the regulation because of a recent spate of gun-related crime.

Last month an off-duty police officer allegedly shot dead two people and wounded a third in a dispute among neighbors. The Phnom Penh Post cited Sovann as faulting authorities for using their guns irresponsibly.

Prime Minister Hun Sen in December also ordered a crackdown on gangs committing armed robberies after several people were killed.