PDRM embracing change to face high-tech threats, IGP says ahead of 217th Police Day

KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) celebrates its 217th anniversary on Monday (March 25) at a time when technological advancements pose a unique challenge to the force.

This is particularly in the area of equipping its personnel to deal with the crimes of this digital age, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Razarudin Husain.

Despite the evolving challenges posed by contemporary criminals, including cybercrime, he said PDRM remained steadfast in fighting threats to Malaysia's peace and well-being through the expertise and adaptability of its officers and personnel.

In an interview ahead of 217th Police Day, Razarudin highlighted PDRM's commitment to enhancing the intellectual aptitude and image of its personnel through courses, seminars and training in areas such as law, sociology, psychology, criminal analysis and professional ethics.

"To face the current challenges, PDRM is constantly changing, including leveraging technology to enhance service delivery and maintain public order.

"This involves the use of body-worn cameras, data analytics platforms, and mobile apps like Volunteer Smartphone Patrol (VSP) to facilitate crime reporting and emergency response.

"The use of technology is important to increase the public's trust in the force, in addition to enabling it to address various negative accusations related to integrity," he added.

Apart from addressing cybercrime, Razarudin stressed the urgent need for PDRM to deal with issues of integrity and the behaviour of certain personnel who broke the law or conducted themselvesirresponsibly.

He said such matters had eroded public trust in the security forces, even though only a small fraction of PDRM's ranks was involved.

Constantly reminding members of the force to avoid behaviour that could tarnish its image. Razarudin added that efforts were also being taken to cultivate transparency and accountability, and improve communication, to bring about a positive change in the relationship between PDRM and the public.

"We always strive to build strong relationships with the community through initiatives such as security awareness programmes, dialogue sessions and collaborative projects that aim to strengthen trust and cooperation.

"With this approach, PDRM can project a positive image as a knowledgeable, integrity-driven team committed to maintaining the safety and harmony of the community in line with this year's Police Day celebration theme, 'Polis dan Masyarakat Berpisah Tiada' (The police and society are inseparable)," he said.

In addition, Razarudin said PDRM is providing its personnel with continuous training and educational programmes on cultural sensitivity, human rights and effective communication techniques to ensure they interact with the community in a positive and ethical way.

He said PDRM also encouraged community participation in public safety programmes like the Police Volunteer Reserve, Voluntary Patrol Scheme, Suksis Corps for students, town hall sessions, and open dialogue sessions between the police and the local community.

In conjunction with 217th Police Day which will be celebrated nationwide, Razarudin reminded police throughout the country to continue delivering exceptional service.

"PDRM is a noble service, and I urge all personnel to make their best effort to safeguard its honour.

"(Demonstrate) strong integrity and unwavering dedication to serving the country; a trustworthy nation begins with each individual within it,” he said. – Bernama

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