Police hope to achieve 150,000 personnel target by 2011
The police hope to achieve their target of 150,000 personnel, more than four times the present number, by 2011 to reduce the crime rate and maintain order in the country, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung said Wednesday.
He said that of the existing 36,235 personnel, 6,901 served at Bukit Aman while the remaining 29,334 were deployed throughout the country, including in Sabah and Sarawak.
“The government is aware of the shortage of police personnel in several areas, including Sabah and Sarawak. As such, the ministry is taking steps to overcome the problem,” he said when replying to Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut) in the Dewan Rakyat.
Chor said only 6.5 per cent of the 6,901 personnel at Bukit Aman handled administrative work, adding that they had to be assisted by civilian staff.
“We intend to increase the number of civilian staff to help out in the administrative section so that the police personnel can concentrate on crime prevention,” he said.
Replying to a supplementary question, from Datuk Seri Abdul Ghapur Salleh (BN-Kalabakan), Chor said the police were conducting an exercise to recruit more civilian staff to carry out office and procurement work.
He said that by 2011, the ratio of policemen to the population would be 1:151, better than the Interpol international standard of 1:250.
- Bernama -