KUALA LUMPUR: Action has been taken against some 6,000 police personnel and officers for various different types of misconduct since 2016.
Bukit Aman Integrity and Standard Compliance Department (JIPS) Director Comm Datuk Zamri Yahya said an average of about 1,200 personnel each year were penalised for committing various disciplinary infringements as well as criminal offences.
"However, I believe it is only just the tip of the iceberg as there are many others who have not been detected or reported. Among the top offences are being absent from duties, failure to declare assets and having extramarital affairs.
"The disciplinary action taken ranged from suspension and salary reduction to job termination while for criminal offences, those involved were interdicted and dismissed from the service upon conviction by the courts," he said in an interview on Wednesday (Nov 25).
Among the criminal offences were extortion, robbery and causing bodily harm as well as abuse of power or abetting criminals and syndicates by not taking action against or busting them as the personnel and officers have been paid off, he added.
"There was a recent case in Kulim where JIPS Bukit Aman raided several illegal gambling premises. The personnel there did not take action as they have been compromised and disciplinary action have been taken against them," he said.
Comm Zamri said that the issue of integrity has been plaguing the force for too many years.
"The situation seemed to worsen as the syndicates are becoming more advanced and their payouts have become more lucrative for rogue personnel and officers.
"However, it is important that actions are taken against bad apples in the police force for the sake of the good ones. Lack of action will demoralise the good personnel and officers even more," he said.
Comm Zamri said that the current JIPS manpower of about 2,000 personnel is not sufficient.
"We have since applied to the government to increase personnel of about 2,000 more," he added.
He also said that asset declarations are required for all personnel and officers every three years while any new purchase such as cars or properties must be declared within three months.
"We recently discovered an Inspector and Deputy Superintendent who had savings to the tune of millions of ringgit.However, there are those who used proxies such as to purchase cars or to keep their syndicate funds thus we have to check thoroughly.
"For example, if an officer or personnel is using a car under someone else's name, we will investigate further and inquire why such a car is used long-term by those involved," he added.
A CID personnel in Sabah even claimed ignorance when JIPS discovered millions of ringgit in his bank account, he added.
"When questioned, he simply said he did not know where the money came from but decided to use it anyway," he said.
After two years at the helm of JIPS, Comm Zamri said their operations are more structured and systematic.
"Actions on reports by the public are taken swiftly while more impromptu inspections were also conducted," he said.
Comm Zamri said JIPS has also recorded various successes over the years, adding that several sting operations were conducted against rogue personnel in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor for extorting money from the public, the latest being extortion against those who violated Covid-19 standard operating procedure (SOP).
"In 2019, a female worker of an entertainment outlet was assaulted by her employer but the case was closed by the investigating officer.We received a report on the lack of action and we investigated. The case was reopened and the employer has since been jailed.
"Disciplinary action has since been taken against the officer involved," he added.
Meanwhile, on investigations involving the Addy Kanna syndicate, Comm Zamri said 24 personnel and officers are currently being investigated.
"The case is still ongoing as we are looking into the matter thoroughly," he added.
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