Min­is­ter calls for more po­lice weaponry

The Myanmar Times - - News - YE MON yeemon­tun@mm­times.com

PO­LICE have per­mis­sion to shoot if they are un­der at­tack, ac­cord­ing to Yan­gon Re­gion Min­is­ter for Se­cu­rity and Bor­der Af­fairs Colonel Tin Aung Tun, who called for of­fi­cers to be more fully armed.

Speak­ing to the re­gional hlut­taw yes­ter­day he said po­lice are com­bat­ing in­creas­ingly vi­o­lent crime, but have in­suf­fi­cient weaponry. He added that some of­fi­cers have been killed or in­jured while on duty.

In Septem­ber 2015, two po­lice of­fi­cers were killed when try­ing to ar­rest a fugi­tive in Than­lyin town­ship.

“The govern­ment gave all patrol of­fi­cers taser guns for pro­tec­tion against crim­i­nals on Septem­ber 24, 2015,” said Col Tin Aung Tun.

The govern­ment is try­ing to sup­port the po­lice by get­ting all of­fi­cers fully equipped, he added.

Of­fi­cers as­signed to zones con­trolled by eth­nic armed groups are is­sued au­to­matic firearms by the Tat­madaw, the Pyithu Hlut­taw was told last year. The deputy home af­fairs min­is­ter said at the time that out of des­per­a­tion some of­fi­cers had taken to car­ry­ing swords to pro­tect them­selves.

MPs ap­proved a pro­posal from U Yan Aung (NLD; Min­galar Taung Nyunt), urg­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate de­part­ments to pro­vide equip­ment, in­crease staff, and im­prove hous­ing for the po­lice, ju­di­ciary, and govern­ment lawyers.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the govern­ment wants to in­stall closed cir­cuit tele­vi­sion cam­eras on ev­ery lamp­post across the Yan­gon Re­gion, he said.

The govern­ment is im­ple­ment­ing a se­cu­rity plan across eight town­ships at the mo­ment but, Col Tin Aung Tun ac­knowl­edged, it has not been 100 per­cent suc­cess­ful in re­duc­ing criminal cases.

MP U Kyaw Kyaw Tun (NLD; Hlaing) said that criminal cases are tak­ing a long time to get through the courts, not­ing that each judge is han­dling 100 to 150 cases.

“The courts, law of­fices, and po­lice sta­tions are old and faded,” he said. “The govern­ment should plan for them in the bud­get.”

MP U Myint Lwin (NLD; North Okkalapa) ad­vised the re­gional govern­ment to in­crease the num­ber of po­lice and build stan­dard hous­ing for the judges and law of­fice staff.

Col Tin Aung Tun and At­tor­ney Gen­eral U Han Htoo re­sponded that they are still sched­uled to build hous­ing and re­pair courts and po­lice sta­tions through next fis­cal year.

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