POLICE plan to launch the Rakan COP programme in every state early next year to standardise community policing efforts across the country.
Federal police management director Comm Datuk Kamarudin Md Ali said all state police chiefs have been directed to start planning for the programme, which should be set up by Oct 1 in their respective states.
“We are targeting early next year for a nationwide launch, so the states will have three months to introduce the programme and iron out any hitches,” he told reporters after holding a dialogue with Sarawak police in Kuching recently.
He said Rakan COP (Community-Oriented Policing), which was introduced in Kuala Lumpur last year, was an effective means of enhancing co-operation between the public and police to reduce crime.
He said snatch thefts in Kuala Lumpur had dropped by 48%, thanks largely to Rakan COP, which now comprised 11,000 members working together with various organisations.
On another matter, Comm Kamarudin said police aimed to increase the percentage of women personnel from 10% to 12%.
He said more women were needed in the force to handle cases involving women, such as those covering domestic and sexual violence.
“Currently, we have 500 women in training to become constables.
“We plan to recruit another 600 women constable trainees next year.”
He also said some 700 trainee inspectors would be recruited during the police intake at the end of this year to help address the shortage of personnel.