PDRM celebrates 217th anniversary, honouring rich legacy

KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) will celebrate its 217th anniversary today, and the Sang Saka Biru squad has faced numerous challenges and hardships throughout its long history in the pursuit of maintaining national peace and harmony.

Since the inception of the modern and systematic policing system when the Charter of Justice was introduced in Penang on March 25, 1807, the PDRM has undergone significant evolution, not only in its image and duties but also in effectively overcoming security challenges, earning it a place among the most esteemed police forces worldwide.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Razarudin Husain said the advancement of technology and the digital age pose a unique challenge for the police force, particularly in efforts to equip police personnel to manage crimes in the new era.

To address this, he highlighted PDRM’s commitment to enhancing the intellectual aptitude and image of its personnel through courses, seminars and continuous 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,” he told Bernama in conjunction with the 217th Police Day celebration.

Razarudin stressed the need for PDRM to deal with integrity issues and the behaviour of certain officers and personnel who fail to adhere to the law and exhibit irresponsible conduct while carrying out their duties.

Razarudin said various efforts were being carried out, including cultivating transparency and accountability, effective communication, education and public awareness of the issue.

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