THE disco-frolicking antics of the cops at a station in Kajang really come as a mind-boggling shock not only to the public but also to all the men and women in blue, past and present, “Four cops in the soup over party at police station” (The Star, July 22; online at https://bit.ly/2WcXDAV)!
What were they thinking and how did the officer in charge of the station (OCS) find it in his police veins to participate in such an irresponsible act on police premises?
Policing requires respect in order to be effective, and police stations are sanctuaries of trust in the eyes of the public.
In an organisation that’s involved in the detection of crime and wrongdoing, this breach of the public’s trust is truly worrisome, more so when the person concerned is a higher-ranking officer.
Apart from the criminal and disciplinary offences, the investigation into this incident must also encompass accountability for those who were instrumental in choosing the officer to helm a police station. Were they not aware of his character when they selected him?
The Royal Commission report had clearly stated suggestions and remedies to enhance the operation and management of our police force back in 2005. It looks like the leadership did not take heed of the urgency of the matter.
There are really no words to describe the monumental damage this incident has inflicted on the force and the public’s trust and confidence in our police personnel.
Nevertheless, Bukit Aman has done well in taking swift action to raid, apprehend and expose these black sheep among them.
The top brass must now take stock of the immensity of the problem and consider going back to the recommendations made by the Royal Commission as soon as possible. It is better to be late than not take action at all.
G. SELVA ,Ipoh