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Not Enough Police

Police: 80% of crimes committed by Malaysians

(cut)..“In reality, foreigners are only responsible for about 20% of the crime in the country, “ said the select committee chairman Datuk Dr Wan Hashim Wan Teh.

“It is true that the crime rate has increased in the country although there are areas where it has gone down,” he added.

He was speaking to reporters after top police officers and heads of departments of the force came before the 11-member select committee to give their side of the story on public complaints of the rising crime rate in the country.

Dr Wan Hashim said that the committee was told that the force was really short handed with a ratio of one policeman to 500 to 1,000 people, far below the ideal of 1:250.

“It is impossible to combat crime with that kind of ratio,” he said.

He added that it was natural for the crime rate to rise in the face of population growth and an influx of foreign workers, but without a commensurate growth in the police force. 

He said that while the Government had agreed to recruit an additional 60,000 policemen over the next five years, “this would take a long time.” 

(cut)..Deputy director of Internal Security and Public Order SAC (I) Datuk Jamaludin Khalid said that 2,000 to 3,000 policemen retired each year, and even with 60,000 new cops it would still not be enough.

“It takes time. Policemen have to be trained. You can’t pluck them off trees or go to the market to buy them like fish!” he said.

– quoted from an article published in The Star on 4th October 2007 (link)

DAP: Recruit 120,000 to 150,000 cops immediately
PETALING JAYA (Oct 5, 2007): The DAP today demanded that 120,000 to 150,000 policmen be recruited to increase the police to population ratio to 1:250 to effectively combat crime and ensure the four basic rights of security to live, work, study and play in a safe and secure environment.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said: “We are shocked by federal Internal Security and Public Order deputy director Senior Assistant Commissioner I Datuk Jamaludin Khalid’s admission that the government’s intentions to increase 60,000 policemen were inadequate in reducing the increasing crime rate in the country.

Jamaluddin had told the Parliamentary Select Committee on Integrity that 60,000 extra policemen were inadequate as the present ratio of 1 police officer to between 500 and 1,000 people should be increased to 1:250.

Furthermore he doubted whether the 60,000 figure can be filled in the targeted five years because of the retirement rate of 2,000 to 3,000 policemen annually. He also said that 80% of crimes were committed by locals and not foreign workers as presumed by Malaysians.

“Whether crime was committed by foreign workers or locals, the point is that the police must solve such crimes and nab these criminals. The police’s failure to do so has resulted in a deteriorating crime situation in Malaysia that continues to shock Malaysians with the audacity of criminals to even break into the homes of former Inspector-General of Police Tun Hanif Omar and Tan Sri Norian Mai recently.”

(cut)..”What is more worrying is the increased incidence of rape. In the first seven months of this year, there were 1,814 cases of rape compared with 1,362 for the corresponding period last year – an increase of 33%. This works out to 8.6 cases of rape per day in the first seven months of this year as compared with four cases a day in 2003 and 6.7 cases a day last year – another shocking index of the worsening crime and fear-of-crime, bearing in mind the high percentage of unreported cases of crime. ,” said Lim in a statement today.

He said about nine women are raped every day in Malaysia, an unacceptable statistic for a civilised nation that is both horrifying and repugnant. Malaysians are sick and tired of reading news headlines of young girls being raped, mutilated and killed.

“The police must give priority to reducing rapes by at least 50% for the next six months,” he added.

– quoted from an article published in The Sun on 5th October 2007 (link)

DAP does not seem to understand what was said by Datuk Jamaludin Khalid yesterday :

  1. The current ratio of police officers to people is 1:500-1000
  2. To combat crime this needs to be increased to at least 1:250
  3. That means more than doubling the size of the current police force
  4. The government target to recruit an additional 60,000 would take time and that figure is inadequate

DAP’s reaction? Recruit 120,000 to 150,000 cops immediately. Huh? That’s…I really can’t understand what they are thinking. These are trained police officers that we need, not cashiers. The only way the government can increase the number of expected hires is to increase the attractiveness of the job being offered. Perks, higher pay, etc. which would backfire in a (hopefully) small way when the public complains about corrupt inefficient police officers being given pay rises. In any case training takes time – as stated, adding another 60,000 cops would take maybe five years. The only way to satisfy DAP would be to hire mercenaries!

To top it off they cite rape statistics and say that the police must reduce rapes by 50% for the next six months. Did DAP just miss out the explanation that there are not enough cops to protect the people? Ok admittedly that is not an impossible request, let me describe the problem like this (warning more sarcasm ahead) :

You have two square kilometres of land filled with roaming sheep and two shepherds. The sheperds’ job is to make sure the sheep don’t get attacked by roaming wolves or poachers. The shepherds have guns but that is an impossible amount of land for them to cover. What are ways to enhance the safety of the sheep?

1. Invest in tracking technology for the shepherds to use

Give them binoculars, walkie talkies, GPS devices (to track each other) and PDAs (to take notes). Unfortunately that requires a fair amount of money.

The more extreme step would be to install cameras all over the land. Nobody likes Big Brother.

2. Restrict the movement of the sheep

Make certain zones of the land non-sheep zones, either on a permanent or temporary basis. This would reduce the ground that needs to be covered. This might just involve fencing in certain areas or purposely making some routes less appealing to travel in.

The more extreme step would be not allowing any sheep to roam the land during certain hours. That’s called a curfew, something which no human citizen would tolerate. Of course the cops could just practise an informal curfew by harassing any sheep they see roaming from 2-5 a.m. Eventually they would ‘get it’ and decide not to roam during those hours.

People don’t like having their freedom taken away from them.

3. Enlist the help of locals

Get some local lads to help keep an eye out and report anything suspicious. Of course the downside to this is that there’ll be a lot of false positives, which eat up the shepherds’ time. That’s what happens when there is no time or budget for training.

4. Provide additional training for shepherds

Tracking skills, gun accuracy, sheep handling – all things which take up time and money. Plus who is going to watch the sheep while the shepherds are out training?

Ok that’s all for now, as amusing as that was the reality is that the budget allottment for the police has to be increased. Out of the options available, investing in technology and getting limited help from locals seem feasible. But what about the rampant corruption in the police force? That budget increase would run out very fast.

I’ll write a more serious post next time this issue comes up in the papers, since I have done some research on Crime Analysis and Prevention. Just felt like writing something cheery given all the unpleasant news I’ve been reading these past couple weeks 🙂

Written by ak57

October 6, 2007 at 3:47 am

Posted in Local News, WTF

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