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Wednesday September 25, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday September 25, 2013 MYT 7:49:37 AM
by austin camoens
All ears: A group of policewomen listening to a speech during the Policewomen Seminar at a hotel in Shah Alam.
SHAH ALAM: A rise in the number of crime cases related to women and children has prompted police to recruit more female constables.
Bukit Aman is also expected to increase the number of policewomen in administrative posts in the near future.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin said the force would increase the number of policewomen from the current 10.4% to 30% within the next few years.
“Currently, there are 11,523 policewomen and we acknowledge the need for more women in the force. In general, policewomen have also been noted to have higher integrity than their male counterparts.
“At present, there are 58 policewomen in the force with ranks from Supt to Deputy Comm, making up about 7.4% of officers in those ranks,” he said after launching the Policewomen Seminar 2013 at a hotel here yesterday.
Relating her experience, Federal deputy logistics director Deputy Comm Datuk Zubaidah Md Ismail said although there was discrimination in promoting policewomen in the 1970s and 1980s, this was no longer the case now.
DCP Zubaidah said it was tough to juggle between her work and family when she first got married and had a child but this was no longer an issue now that her son was working with a family of his own.
“My husband is a policeman, too. We made it work,” she said.
Police portal and social media head Supt Lai Lee Ching said the number of women keen on joining the force had increased.
“Women nowadays are more confident and more than capable of handling the duties that come with being a police personnel.
“Whenever there is an enrolment exercise for policewomen, we get an overwhelming response of applicants keen on joining,” she said.
Supt Lai, who has three children, said although being a policewoman, wife and mother had its challenges, women had proven to be better multi-taskers.
“I do get complaints from my children sometimes about not spending enough time with them but they understand that I have an important job,” said Lai, who is also the policewomen development management committee secretary.
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