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Let’s make better use of our police resources

Malaysians live in fear of crimes.

The Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) has done well in reducing crime, as measured by reported cases. These fell from 423,290 in 2008 to 177,520 reported cases in 2010. However, 49% or nearly half of all Malaysians still fear becoming victims of crime, according to a government-commissioned survey from April to May 2011.

In recent reports, PEMANDU claimed that up to 30,000 police officers had been reassigned to cover crime hot spots, which helped reduce crime as aforesaid.

However, a large number of our policemen are still engaged in non-core operations or inappropriately deployed:

  • 41% – 2 out of 5 policemen – are in managerial/administrative roles.
  • The General Operations Force (GOF) has 14,551 personnel – far higher than the 9,335 at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and 1,420 at the Commercial Crimes Unit. The GOF was originally formed to conduct jungle operations against communist insurgents. The communists have long since laid down their arms, and Malaysia has become increasingly urban.

We think:

  • More policemen should be freed from managerial/administrative roles to undertake core crime prevention activities instead; and
  • It appears sensible that the CID and Commercial Crimes Units should be larger than the GOF.

 

If you agree, join us in signing and sending this letter to the Honourable Minister of Home Affairs asking that our police force be redeployed more efficiently.

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Kepada:
YB Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein

Minister of Home Affairs
Blok D1 & D2, Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan
62546 Putrajaya
Email: hishammuddin@moha.gov.my

Y.B. Datuk Seri,

Making better use of our police resources

I refer to the report by not-for-profit research institute REFSA (Research for Social Advancement Bhd) entitled “More active policemen please, not more policemen”, dated 26 August 2011.

The report notes that many policemen are engaged in non-core activities. It suggests that:

    1. Policemen be mobilized from non-core management, administrative and logistics positions to active core police work such as crime prevention. If necessary, civil servants can be transferred to undertake the non-core functions; and

 

  1. The size of active police units be adjusted to reflect current conditions in Malaysia. For example, the General Operations Force, which was originally formed to counter communist insurgents, is far larger than the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). It would appear the reverse should now be the case.

The suggestions appear sensible to me. As a civic-minded citizen of Malaysia, I am sending this letter to you for your kind consideration.

Yours sincerely,

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