PETALING JAYA: Bukit Aman will boost its religious and counselling unit to give more emphasis to the mental health of police personnel.
According to the deputy head of the IGP’s Secretariat (Religion and Counselling), Senior Asst Comm Mohd Fuad Abd Latiff, Bukit Aman was aware of the stressful nature of police work.
The unit, established four years ago, has 20 police and 50 civilian counsellors, but plans are underway to boost the number of personnel. The counsellors are available at every state police headquarters.
Commenting on the recent shooting in Tangkak, Johor, where a policeman killed his wife and father-in-law before taking his own life, SAC Mohd Fuad said that focusing on mental health could help prevent a similar tragedy from occurring.
“Some police personnel might hide their stressed demeanour, but it is better to come forward and deal with the problems before it is too late,” he said yesterday.
“Normally, such personnel might come willingly while some are referred to the unit by their superiors.”
Meanwhile, Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye has called on the police force to focus more on the mental health of its personnel following the Tangkak incident.
“Ensuring good mental health of police personnel must be made a priority so that they will be able to tackle different challenges,” he said.
It was reported that L/Kpl Fadzly Omar was said to have first shot his wife Norakma Kadir, 28, at the Felda Chempelak quarters where he was on duty at about 6pm on Saturday before he went to Ab Kadir Md Arif’s house in Jalan Sialang to shoot him.
After that, Fadzly turned the gun on himself.