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