SHAKE-UP IN THE OFF­ING

Po­lice force’s clean-up will be ex­ten­sive, says deputy IGP

New Straits Times - - News - HARIZ MOHD AND FARAH SUHAIDAH OTH­MAN IPOH news@nst.com.my

DEPUTY In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said there will be no mercy for po­lice per­son­nel found pro­tect­ing or be­friend­ing drug syn­di­cates.

In the wake of the ar­rests of 16 po­lice­men linked to drug syn­di­cates, Noor Rashid said a ma­jor shake-up could be ex­pected.

“The of­fi­cers were be­lieved to have con­nec­tions with the syn­di­cates and had tipped them off about po­lice raids,” he said, but did not re­veal de­tails of the in­ter­nal probe.

He said this af­ter clos­ing the 19th na­tional-level po­lice cadet corp camp at the Po­lice Gen­eral Op­er­a­tions Force base in Ulu Kinta here.

The New Straits Times had re­ported that rogue po­lice­men, in­clud­ing one with the rank of deputy su­per­in­ten­dent and an in­spec­tor, were ar­rested un­der the Se­cu­rity Of­fences (Spe­cial Mea­sures) Act 2012.

In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had also re­vealed that some of those nabbed were at­tached to the Nar­cotics Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment.

Sources yes­ter­day re­vealed that among those held were of­fi­cers who tried to usurp power in the Nar­cotics Depart­ment to keep their pay­mas­ters safe.

The po­lice of­fi­cers also tried to play “king­mak­ers” to boost con­trol of anti-nar­cotics op­er­a­tions and had even rec­om­mended pro­mo­tion and trans­fer of men un­der their com­mand.

“The of­fi­cers had, over the past few years, tried to plant their men in strate­gic po­si­tions.

“For those whom they do not trust, the of­fi­cers would find ex­cuses and give them neg­a­tive per­for­mance re­views and try to get them trans­ferred out,” the source said.

Those who are in the of­fi­cers’ in­ner cir­cle would then be rec­om­mended to fill the va­cant po­si­tions.

The source also re­vealed that the clean-up would be ex­ten­sive and might cover the depart­ment at fed­eral and state lev­els.

Another source said the rogue of­fi­cers had, by virtue of hav­ing high-level clear­ance to at­tend clas­si­fied brief­ings, used this priv­i­lege to keep an eye on po­lice op­er­a­tions on be­half of syn­di­cates.

“It had hap­pened many times where raids car­ried out based on solid in­for­ma­tion were ‘blown’.”

“Blown” is a code­word used by the force for failed op­er­a­tions when their “tango”, or tar­get, man­aged to smell po­lice get­ting on their tail.

The source said dur­ing such cases, ei­ther the main sus­pect gave the raid­ing par­ties the slip, or the tar­geted premises were cleared in ad­vance leav­ing vague ev­i­dence.

Mean­while, the En­force­ment Agency In­tegrity Com­mis­sion chair­man Datuk Yaa­cob Md Sam said he re­served his com­ments as the case was un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

It was re­ported that the fed­eral po­lice had, early this month, car­ried out a swoop against some of their own men.

A flashback of our re­port on Satur­day.

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