KUALA LUMPUR - With the Integrity and Standard Compliance Department (JIPS) in place to fight graft in the force, the police now face their biggest challenge - to change public perception that crime is on the rise.
"People are still saying crime is increasing when, in truth, indexed crime has gone down by 12.4 per cent, while house break-ins have decreased by 11.2 per cent and road crimes by 12 per cent.
"Therefore, we need to reach out to the public to change this perception," Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters at Bukit Aman yesterday.
Indexed crime refers to crimes that occur with significant regularity, such as violent crimes that include murder, rape, gang robbery, robbery and assault.
Earlier, the IGP had a meeting with high-profile graft busters, including JIPS director Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Zubaidah Md Ismail and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed.
SDCP Zubaidah said more people were coming forward to share corruption-related information with the police following the various platforms provided by JIPS.
"We have received complaints and suggestions via e-mail, letters, faxes and so on.
"This shows that our effort to reach out to the public to assist us on renewing our integrity is fruitful.
"Now, we have to take prompt action so that the public's confidence remains with us," SDCP Zubaidah said, adding that the setting up of JIPS was in line with the Government's effort to fight graft in civil departments.
The public can also call 1800-880-222, fax 03-2266 8790 or write to JIPS at Bukit Aman.