KUALA LUMPUR: Some 346 police officers and personnel are among 804 civil servants detained for drug-related offences this year.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Razarudin (pic) said as of Nov 30, civil servants arrested by the Narcotic Crime Investigation Department (NCID) consists of 346 from the police force, 104 from the Armed Forces, 14 from the Fire and Rescue Department and 340 from other government agencies and departments.
"Statistics showed that the number of police personnel and officers detained are on a decline since 2016," he told a press conference on Thursday (Dec 30).
The number of arrests involving civil servants for drug offences this year showed a decline compared to last year, where 1,042 were arrested.
"The number of police personnel and officers detained this year also showed a reduction where 408 were arrested last year.
"Since 2016, a total of 6,671 civil servants have been arrested for drug offences," he said.
Razarudin said the police, through various departments including the Integrity and Standard Compliance Department (JIPS), were constantly conducting spot checks including urine tests on all its officers and personnel.
"The problem is not chronic as we are always checking our officers and personnel. We are strict in this matter.
"We are also assisting other departments in weeding out those involved in drug-related offences," he said.
Action would be taken against those involved with any crime especially those involving drugs, he stressed
"Decisive action will be taken without fear or favour.
"We never rule out that police personnel or officers are involved in wrongdoings but rest assured, they have and will be dealt with," he said.