IT WILL TAKE MORE THAN MONEY TO REPAIR THE IMAGE OF THE POLICE.
Citing growing threats from irresponsible elements, inspector-general of police Ismail Omar said the police’s information technology (IT) defences would be shored up to combat the spread of false information and slanders through social network and the internet.
He said it was a daunting task for the police to deal with irresponsible elements who used social sites, such as Facebook and Twitter to smear the police’s image.
“I have instructed the Bukit Aman communication team and IT division to strengthen their capabilities to deal with these unhealthy activities,” he said in an interview in KL.
Hence, he said the police spent RM500 million in the first six months of last year to upgrade their capacity in dealing with the dissemination of false information, inaccurate or defamatory information that could tarnish the police’s image.
“We know that in the past when a suspect died in the police lockup, certain quarters would spread lies that he was killed by the police.
“This is not true, if there are policemen who have acted beyond their powers, they will be charged in court. We had proven this before, we never hide the truth.
“We need to improve our relationship with the media. The communications and public relations division, and the management should be able to rebut unfounded allegations,” he added.
Police spent a total of RM500,000 within six months to be a force to be reckoned with in countering “false information” spread over cyberspace.
“We had spent RM500,000 in the first six months of 2012 to upgrade the ability of our police officers to counter false information online such as defamatory allegations aimed at bringing the police force into disrepute,” said inspector-general of police Ismail Omar.
Furthermore, he said, the expenditure was also aimed at countering online information considered detrimental to public order such as the spreading of false information on racial clashes.
However, Ismail said the police acknowledges criticism against it and is striving to improve itself.
“People criticise us, we improve, that’s what we do. You say we are corrupt, we came up with this (transformation programme) to change because integrity is important to the police force. We are changing but it will take time.
“Of course over the years, there will be mistakes by the policemen, such as corruption or deaths in custody so we are trying to reduce this,” he said during an interview yesterday with the press in conjunction with the upcoming 206th Police Day on March 25.
FROM SOME OF THE IMAGES BELOW, YOU CAN SEE HOW MUCH THE IMAGE OF THE POLICE NEEDS FIXING.
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BUT YOUNG GIRLS WHO INSULT NAJIB AND ROSMAH ARE HANDCUFFED!
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