Pub­lic co­op­er­a­tion lacking in Nay Pyi Taw law en­force­ment: police chief

The Myanmar Times - - News - SWAN YE HTUT swanye­htut@mm­times.com – Trans­la­tion by Khine Thazin Han

EF­FORTS to crack down on crime in Nay Pyi Taw have been ham­pered by a lack of co­op­er­a­tion from the pub­lic, according to Police Ma­jor U Win Myint of the cap­i­tal’s re­gional law en­force­ment of­fice.

“In Yan­gon and Man­dalay re­gions, pub­lic in­volve­ment is strong in crack­ing down on crime. Both men and women aren’t afraid of help­ing police to ar­rest criminals in Hlaing Thar­yar [town­ship], where crimes of­ten hap­pen,” he told The Myan­mar Times at his of­fice in Nay Pyi Taw.

Part of that co­op­er­a­tion should come in the form of mem­bers of the pub­lic be­ing will­ing to act as wit­nesses in cases where police are wrong­fully ac­cused of mis­con­duct, he said.

“At this time, col­lab­o­ra­tion of civil­ians and ad­min­is­tra­tive staff is im­por­tant. It re­quires mid­dle­men. The mid­dle­men can bear wit­ness in court,” he said. The abil­ity of law en­force­ment per­son­nel to per­form their du­ties is made fur­ther dif­fi­cult by un­der­staffing, Police Cap­tain Kyaw Kyaw Myo from the Nay Pyi Taw Police Force said.

“We can’t tell the ex­act amount of strength. Now, it [the staffing level] is only half [what is re­quired],” he said. “We are work­ing to get more police. We will give police train­ing cour­ses twice in one year.”

Police Cap­tain Myint Soe from the Nay Pyi Taw Police Force’s Train­ing and Man­age­ment Depart­ment said the staffing sit­u­a­tion is so dire that all 82 peo­ple who had ap­plied in re­cent months would be ac­cepted and trained to join the force.

Go­ing for­ward, mem­bers of a 40,000-strong spe­cial force re­cruited for last year’s elec­tion would be given pri­or­ity among ap­pli­cants, he added.

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