The Government says it has identified a number of police stations across the country which it intends to upgrade. National security minister, Horace Chang, said these police stations are to be transformed into Centres of Excellence.
“The objective here is to make police stations more user-friendly and client-focused,” said Chang while speaking at the Passing-Out Parade and Awards Ceremony for Trainee Constables held at the Parade Ground, National Police College (Harman Barracks) on Friday, May 11.
A total of 195 new constables graduated at the parade.
The minister said steps to improve police stations will in turn create an environment that is conducive to confidential reporting and improved working conditions for policemen and women. The minister also mentioned plans to train more than 1000 officers for the year.
“The training of officers is a priority of the Ministry of National Security. This year alone, over 1000 officers will be trained as part of efforts to increase the numbers who are equipped to engage on the ground,” said Chang.
“In addition, we will be looking at advanced and specialized training for enlisted officers. This will be pursued to increase the human resource capacity of our officers.”
He said there was also a move to improve resources available to law enforcement officers.
“The acquisition of industry-specific, 21st century equipment is a priority of the ministry. We intend to increase the efficiency of the JCF by providing the appropriate tools to create a more comfortable and customer-focused force,” he said.