July 19, 2010

police uniform

Caught this in the news today.

Bar Council: Police identification a standard procedure
PETALING JAYA: Police officers should identify themselves regardless of whether they are in uniform or not, said Bar Council chairman Ragunath Kesavan.

He said that showing police identity cards should be the standard operating procedure for officers when approaching suspects or members of the public.

“Police officers must produce their identity cards to show their name and badge number.”

Ragunath said this when asked to comment on the front-page article in yesterday’s Sunday Star in which police have proposed gazetting blue uniforms as the police’s so they had exclusive rights as it was difficult to tell them apart from other agencies and security guards who wore similar dark blue uniforms.

This follows complaints from the public over alleged abuse by “men in blue” who eventually turned out to be enforcement officers from local councils and other agencies or security guards in the private sector.

An informal survey had also found that most people could not tell the difference between genuine badges/paraphernalia and the fake ones, which are widely available and often misused.

Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Arjunaidi Mohamed disagreed with Ragunath saying that uniformed police officers were not required to show their identification cards as the full uniforms would show that they were genuine police officers.

He said plainclothes police officers, however, are required to show their identity cards for obvious reasons.

“Those who impersonate police officers usually do not wear uniforms,” he added.

Asked whether the public should be hesitant in requesting police officers to produce their identity cards, he said “there should not be a problem about doing so (asking for it).”

You know, it’s really sad that a ‘developing nation’ like us could go into such a quandary – arguing whether or not law enforcement officers should have their own gazetted uniform and produce identification to make an arrest.

I was thinking, who actually gives a crap?? Definitely not me. So what if the police were to wear a striped red and yellow clown suit to discern them from the others?? It’s just a SUIT! Same shit in different packaging! I say, they should spend all their energy to work on their PR skills instead. And buff up their competency which they grossly lacked. Some police officers have bigger pot belly than a whale and still type their report with 1 finger (and of course, the inability to shoot the right people). They seem to have bigger problems at hand than the self proclaimed identity crisis.

But if they insist, then maybe they can just tattoo ‘POLIS’ on their forehead (yeah, like what they did in “Inglorious Basterds”) and don’t have to worry about wearing a uniform or identifying themselves. To verify if the tattoo is genuine, we can just scrape the officer’s forehead with a piece of Scotch Brite with a little spit…

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8 Comments to “police uniform”

  1. Tan Yee Wei says:

    But if you were to let our dear Polis themselves do the Polis tattoo, the scotch brite will just take the marking out like duster against chalk.

  2. iwancmn says:

    In some other countries, they use police uniforms in many departments. No problem at all. Why are we fussing about this. If this is another attempt to make us believe that they’re improving our police force, they can keep dreaming.

  3. TJ says:

    You commented on the same topic as Patrick in his Niamah blog. I guess both of you share the same ‘tulan’ sentiments about the issue. As you rightly pointed out, I dont give a shit either about their uniforms. Its the abuse of their firearms that i’m concerned about

  4. michaelooi says:

    Yee Wei – Well then, it’s time to put the dusty bottles of indelible ink (bought for the last election, remember?) to good use…

    iwancmn – The thing is, it has been here for years, why dibs on the dark blue uniform now?

    TJ – I bet many more share the same sentiment, not just a bunch of bloggers.

  5. EinsamSoldat says:

    Kinda reminds me of my old skool Prefect row with class monitors and others BOD. It was kinda childish back then for they wanted to reserve green skirts as girl prefects normal wear, as well as all white attire for Prefects only LOL… To see it reoccurring in National level… that is really interesting…

  6. frankie says:

    Don’t mess with them, you don’t want them to pay you a midnight visit, it is not an event to be cherished.

  7. Shar says:

    They could be wearing Gucci suits for all I care. They still suck the kerbau’s ass.

  8. michaelooi says:

    EinsamSoldat – ‘Childish’, now that’s the perfect word to describe the whole thing

    frankie – Who’s messing with them? They’re messing with themselves.

    Shar – Obviously.

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