Capital looks to boost police force
HELP is at hand for residents of the nation’s capital who fear for their security. The police are hiring 100 new officers, and already enough people have applied to fill more than half the slots available.
The recruitment drive will do something to relieve the pressure on the existing force, which is considered small for the area it polices. There are now only 1309 officers for the Nay Pyi Taw council area population of 1,160,424, or one copper for every 888 citizens.
Police Colonel Myint Soe, of the Nay Pyi Taw Police Training and Administration Section, said on November 3, “We invited applications on October 30 and we’ve already received 56 applications. The number of applicants may exceed the number of posts.”
He said temporary officers recruited last October-November to police the elections would receive priority consideration in recruitment, and that selected candidates would be able to serve in their home regions or states after completing training.
Training duration has been reduced from six months to four, and will now include military-style instruction in weapons and ammunition as well as crime-fighting techniques, police say.
Each state and region will be allowed to recruit 100 new police, the colonel said.
“After the training, we will assign the new officers to their regions or states. For Nay Pyi Taw, the training will be conducted over 16 weeks starting November 15 for the 100 candidates selected. Constables who pass the training will have the same wages, entitlements and training as currently serving officers,” he said. Recruitment is open to both men and women.
Police officers also have the chance of promotion through a series of exams. Applicants over and above the first 100 will also have the chance to attend later training sessions.
Pyinmana township resident U Soe Mying said, “My son served in the police during the elections, and he’s applied for a full-time post. I think he would be very good at it. He can certainly earn much more as a policeman in Pyinmana than by working in a shop, or as a driver, and it could be safer. The exam system gives him the chance to advance according to his abilities.”
He said the plan to allow newly trained officers to serve in their home states and regions meant that they would already be familiar with the history and geography of the area, and might even know who the local criminals were. – Translation by Zar Zar Soe
and Win Thaw Tar
Myanmar police officers stand guard at a barricade as a convoy of shuttle buses drives toward parliament in Nay Pyi Taw.