NEW YORK: Under best practices being planned for the police, a refusal to take a report, make an arrest or issue a summons may be classified as corruption.
It will also be considered corruption if a policeman misuses his work hours or a department computer, according to the Home Ministry.
The ministry and Bukit Aman are looking at best practices adopted by the New York Police Department (NYPD) as part of their efforts to improve the image of the police and stamp out corruption within the force.
“We are serious about this because the perception in Malaysia is that many of our police personnel are corrupt,” said Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
“I have had three meetings with the NYPD so far to learn from their experiences because their problems with corruption some 20 years ago is worse than ours.”
He was on a working visit with senior ministry officials and met with the NYPD’s Commission to Combat Police Corruption.
The NYPD’s experience in curbing corruption and managing negative public perception was something that Malaysia could learn from, Zahid said.
“We plan to send police officer s to work closely with the NYPD and learn their best practices,” he said.
He said the police would also need to raise awareness on the importance of such practices within the force, as well as look at providing better perks and facilities.
An Integrity and Standards Compliance Department was set up in July, headed by Senior DCP Datuk Zubaidah Ismail, as part of the efforts to fight corruption and improve the image of the police.