Cap­i­tal looks to boost po­lice force

The Myanmar Times - - News - SWAN YE HTUT swanye­htut@mm­

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

Photo: EPA

Myan­mar po­lice of­fi­cers stand guard at a bar­ri­cade as a con­voy of shut­tle buses drives to­ward par­lia­ment in Nay Pyi Taw.

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