Friday October 5, 2012
Reports can be lodged at any police station nationwide
KUALA LUMPUR: Members of the public may report an incident at any police station in the country regardless of where it occurred.
Reminding his officers and men about this, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar warned: “Those who don't follow this long-standing directive will face disciplinary action.
“Even if the report is lodged at a location different from where the incident had taken place, the policeman on duty at the station must accept it.
“And the report should be acted on and not treated lightly.”
Ismail was referring to grouses of members of the public who complained that they had been turned away by some police stations when they wanted to lodge a report.
Ismail said some policemen, as law enforcers, had to change their mindset.
“They must change their attitude, mentality and work culture so that they can adapt to the changes in the society around them,” he said at Bukit Aman yesterday.
One big challenge they faced was IT and the free flow of information it facilitated, he said.
“They should be up to date and follow events reported in Facebook and Twitter. They must find out what they can do to act against crime,” he added.
Ismail also warned them that they would face disciplinary action if they did not improve their work culture.
“If you don't change, you will not be promoted and will stay where you are now,” he said.
He also said policemen must maintain their decorum at all times, including when off duty.