A new era for the police force

KUALA LUMPUR: The police force will step up its in-service training to keep officers up-to-date on dealing with current issues, besides having town hall sessions to engage with local communities.

This is part of the wide-ranging measures to strengthen the integrity and work culture within the police force, said new Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani.

“We want to service the public, not burden it, ” said Acryl Sani, who emphasised courteous service to the people.

He said in-service training would be held at least once a week for about two hours.

“Classes will explain the latest issues so our officers and personnel are up to date with current activity.

“Sometimes, certain officers or personnel are hesitant when confronted by a situation. This is not good as it will tarnish public confidence in the police.

“Part of the training will focus on changing the work culture so that integrity and being courteous is fully ingrained in our DNA as police personnel and officers, ” he said.

Appearing bullish and determined in his maiden press conference as IGP, Acryl Sani who took over the top job on Tuesday, addressed issues ranging from abuse of power and courtesy to the public, to repairing lifts in police buildings.

He vowed that wrongdoing in the police force would not be swept away as transparency was key.

“If any member of the public asked what to do if a policeman asked for a bribe, they should be told to go the nearest police station to lodge a report.

“Wrongdoing and corruption will not be tolerated at all, ” he said.

Acryl Sani said police personnel and officers are barred from conducting random checks on foreigners without probable cause.

This was to prevent any abuse of power, he said.

“I will issue the directive that the act of checking foreigners randomly without a probable cause is to be stopped immediately.

“Remanding a foreigner for two weeks just to check the validity of their passports or travel documents will also not be allowed.

Clean culture: Acryl Sani will not tolerate wrongdoing and corruption in the police force.Clean culture: Acryl Sani will not tolerate wrongdoing and corruption in the police force.

“If a foreigner (is not a crime suspect), there is no need to detain him for two weeks just to check the validity of their documents, ” he added.He said enforcement should be done according to changing times.

Acryl Sani also spoke about improving the service delivery system of the police force and bridging the gap between the police and public.

“We will step up ‘Meet the Customers Day’ programmes at all state contingents, district police headquarters and police stations nationwide.

“Such a forum would enable police and society to identify what is lacking so that they can work together to bridge the gap between the two parties.”

One aspect that must be looked into is treatment of the public, be it at police stations, during roadblocks or any other situation, he said.

“There were some cases where the public were treated rudely by police personnel. It ends now.

“We want to foster better understanding between police and society so that together, we can prevent and combat crime more effectively.

“We want to increase public confidence in the force, ” he said.

He also urged all OCPDs to organise town hall sessions with local communities so the latest issues could be explained and discussed.

“Such sessions should be held at least once a week and the Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department can arrange this.

“The police would not exist without society. We cannot do effective work without support from society, ” Acryl Sani said.

He reminded all personnel and officers that the police slogan “Sedia Berkhidmat (Ready to Serve)” is not just for the public but their comrades in blue as well, including retired cops.

“All OCPDS have been instructed to check information on all retired police personnel in their areas.

“Engagement with retired personnel and officers is a must as we want to assist them the best we can, ” he added.

The welfare and wellbeing of police personnel and officers will not be forsaken, especially in terms of logistical needs, Acryl Sani said.

“For example, several General Operations Force (GOF) posts in the north and East Coast will be upgraded given their poor condition.

“Basic needs such as broken down lifts at police buildings will be looked into and rectified, ” he said.

Acryl Sani said that several programmes, which are part of the police force’s Anti-Corruption Plan unveiled last year, would be implemented in stages.

“The anti-corruption blueprint lasts until 2024 and we will implement the programmes consistently.”

He said the programmes would range from three months to six months in length.

“A professor once said during a lecture that the number one thing that haunts retirees is regret. Thus, I will give it my all to ensure these programmes are implemented while I am still in service, ” he said.

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