Bid to curb graft the NYPD way

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.

by MERGAWATI ZULFAKAR.

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