Staffing the Police -

Follow the link for more details and charts.

More active policemen please, not more policemen

Half of Malaysians still fear crime. The number of reported crimes plunged 58% between 2008 and 2010. This might have been helped by the reassignment of some policemen to core policing functions following the 2005 Royal Commission report. However, 49% - nearly half - of Malaysians
still feel unsafe and fear becoming crime victims.

We have enough policemen. The 106,000 policemen we have currently is equivalent to a ratio of 1 policeman to 270 Malaysians, not far from the
1:250 that Interpol recommends. However, we could deploy our police force more effectively. 41% of our policemen are in management or
administration. This works out to each manager/administrator managing or serving fewer than two active policemen on average!

Large scope for redeployment. In addition, the General Operations Force, originally formed to fight communist insurgents, has nearly 15,000 personnel. This is far higher than the 9,000 at the CID (Criminal Investigation Department). But, the communists have long laid down their arms, and Malaysia has become more developed and urban. Hence, the reverse would seem more appropriate i.e. the CID should be the larger unit.

Let’s improve efficiency. There are plans to add 50,000 police officers by 2015. We suggest existing police officers be retrained, redeployed and upgraded instead. Lower crime rates and stronger public confidence can then justify salary increases and help develop an even more professional police force. If you agree, please sign and send the attached letter to the Honourable Minister of Home Affairs. You may also do so on-line via

106,000 police officers

43,000 managers/administrators

Fewer than 10,000 CID

Sign our petition - let's get police officers back to active police work!

Focus Paper 2011/08/26 “...the Commission is of the view that the fundamental issue in PDRM is not additional establishment, but the realignment of existing uniformed personnel from non-core policing and nonpolicing functions to core functions…”

The 2005 Report of the Royal Commission to enhance the Operation and Management of the Royal Malaysia Police, p. 358