Police force lauded for investigation of stolen radiation source

The Ministry of Science and Technology and the People’s Committee in Ho Chi Minh City October 2 lauded policemen who have investigated and collected back a non-destructive testing machine with a closed radiation source Ir-92 (Iridium-191) of Hanoi-based Apave Asia-Pacific Co., Ltd.

The non-destructive testing machine with a closed radiation source Ir-92 (Iridium-191) was stolen on September 15 and three day later, the machine was found by police.

At the award ceremony, four teams and nine policemen were given certificates of merit of the Ministry of Science and Technology and seven other teams and 15 people were awarded by the municipal People’s Committee.

Speaking at the award ceremony, Major General Phan Anh Minh, deputy director of the city Police Department, confirmed the vital role of residents in informing the discovery of the machine.

The Major General also said that there will be strict penalty on the branch of Apave Asia-Pacific Company in Ho Chi Minh City for dishonest in reporting police of the stolen machine.

After the incident, the Department of Science and Technology and the city Police Station proposed to tighten control over radiation sources including import certificate issuance and management. Moreover, the city will establish a fully equipped team to respond to possible radiation incidents.

By Van Anh - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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