Some of us love to have a good night out to unwind after a stressful day at work, whether at the mall, mamak
, a bar or even a club.
But not for our noble police officers.
reported that they are no longer allowed to go to entertainment outlets for leisure
This is a move to rebrand the police force and avoid syndicates, as told by Penang police chief Comm Datuk T. Narenasagaran.
Apparently, spotting working police officers at nightspots even when they are off-duty would decrease the public's confidence towards them.
So, in hindsight, this directive was implemented to ensure that the police get the best cooperation from the public.
"People might misconstrue that policemen go there to enjoy themselves and question their affordability. So, the ruling is to clear this misconception. Unless we are on duty or for specific reasons to be there, we should not be going to such places," Comm Narenasagaran said.
In the past, there have been allegations of police personnel's involvement in illegal activities.
"Our work involves meeting up with anybody. And, we may need to engage their help, but we cannot be in close association with syndicates or illicit activities. There are also times when we need to get information from contacts for operational purposes," he added.
Well, we hope that this order will amplify the public's trust towards our police force because if we trust them to uphold our safety and security, who else can we turn to?