NEW YORK – New York Police Department (NYPD) will share its best practices in fighting corruption among its officers with the Malaysian police towards enhancing its integrity image.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said NYPD had experienced negative perception problem on its integrity among the Americans 20 years ago but they managed to overcome it through the implementation of the best practices.
“Malaysian police are currently facing a similar problem too although they managed to bring the crime rate down,” he told Malaysian media here Sunday (Monday in Malaysia).
The best practices stipulated an officer is considered to have committed an offence if they, among others, refused to take report, disputed arrest or summons, criminal association, disagreed with department policy or action, domestic dispute, harassment, missing property, misused office computer and off-duty misconduct.
He hoped the best practices learnt from the NYPD could help alleviate the negative perception by the Malaysian public of the police, thus enhancing its integrity.
“The public have the perception that majority of the police are corrupted,” he said.
Zahid said he had discussed on ways to improve Malaysian police integrity when meeting NYPD senior officials, its internal affairs as well as former NYPD chief Charles V. Campisi, recently.
“NYPD has managed to tackle systemic corruption, opportunistic corruption and familiarity corruption among its officers,” he said.
Malaysian police have set up the Standard Compliance and Integrity Department last May in combating corruption and integrity problem within the force.
The department had also been set up at every police contingent and district level, he said.
Apart from the best practices, Zahid said Malaysian police were also looking into ways to improve its services scheme as one of the initiatives to fight corruption. – Bernama