PETALING JAYA - The dire circumstances faced by the police have come under public attention following the death of a police personnel while on Ops Cantas Khas duty.
The current police to citizen ratio is 1:700. As comparison, there is one policeman to look after 35 people in New York.
Crime Prevention Department director Comm Datuk Ayub Yaakob said: "The recruitment drive is an ongoing effort. We expect to recruit some 4,000 personnel annually.
"With a lack of human capital, we are cooperating with other enforcement agencies and the armed forces for joint patrols under the National Blue Ocean Strategy."
Acknowledging that the police had received much flak from certain segments of the community, Comm Ayub said the police welcomed constructive criticism rather than armchair critics.
Comm Ayub explained that police personnel had been under a lot of pressure, especially given the recent spate of serious crimes and the subsequent launch of Ops Cantas Khas on Aug 17.
Among the problems faced by police personnel were stress and trauma, especially following shooting incidents, he said.
According to the deputy head of the IGP's Secretariat (Religion and Counselling), Senior Asst Comm Mohd Fuad Abd Latiff, Bukit Aman was aware of the stressful nature of police work.
The unit, established four years ago, has 20 police and 50 civilian counsellors but plans are underway to boost the number of personnel.
The counsellors are available at every state police headquarters.