KUALA LUMPUR: An internal audit will be conducted by the police to flush out rogue cops, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said today.
He said the step will be taken as the result of an ongoing investigation into narcotics policemen nationwide allegedly working in cahoots with drug syndicates.
"We will look for internal weaknesses in all areas and if there is any, we will deal with it.
"I won’t say that this is an overhaul, it is more like we are making some changes to prevent a repeat of the problem,” he told reporters after officiating the graduation ceremony of 604 police inspector cadets who completed their training course series 2/2016 at the Police Training Centre (Pulapol) this morning.
Noor Rashid said that 21 police personnel have been arrested nationwide thus far for working hand-in glove with drug lords, and that the next course of action will depend upon the outcome of the investigation.
He added that the police have identified suitable officers to fill vacancies created as a result of the arrests. The officers were selected based on their integrity, trustworthiness and knowledge in shouldering their tasks, especially in sensitive cases.
Last week, The New Straits Times reported that 16 policemen were detained and are being investigated under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 for alleged involvement with drug distribution syndicates.
Sources said the operation was triggered when investigators, who were probing drug distribution rings, gleaned evidence of “traitors” within the force who were on syndicates’ payroll.
Among those caught in the dragnet was an officer who bears the rank “Deputy Superintendent” and an “Inspector”.
The Narcotics Department was carrying out a full-force swoop against drug syndicates, dubbed ‘Op Kabaddi’, when investigations led police to information about rogue cops who had been allegedly protecting the gangs.
Another source told the NST that a special task force from the Federal Police Criminal Investigation Department began rounding up wayward policemen at the beginning of this month.
It is learnt that most of those arrested were attached to the Federal Police Narcotics Department.