Thursday, September 21, 2017

Pyinmana police outposts slated

Police outposts will be launched in the capital in an effort to deter crime, a police captain told The Myanmar Times.

Police Captain Tin Htay speaks in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: Swan Ye Htut / The Myanmar TimesPolice Captain Tin Htay speaks in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: Swan Ye Htut / The Myanmar Times

The six checkpoints will be set up in wards and villages of Pyinmana township that police have identified as hotbeds for crime, according to Police Captain Tin Htay from the Myo Ma police station.

“There will be six police outposts and each guard will be composed of police, ward and village administrators, volunteer civilians from the township who want to cooperate and reserves from the fire brigade,” he said.

The posts will be located at the Ywar Thwar Inn, Yan Aung ward administration office, Shwe Chi administration office, Ywar Kaut ward, Kin Pun Tan village and Thit Lay Lone village.

Police recorded 168 criminal cases in Pyinmana in August, the majority involving petty offences. Pol Capt Tin Htay said that the number of offences had dipped slightly compared to July’s figures, but declined to provide the total for that month.

At the beginning of July, the Nay Pyi Taw Regional Police Force announced that it would be increasing the number of officers on patrol, with security heightened at local hangout spots like the Rose Roundabout, the site of a night bazaar that attracts young people – and pickpockets.

Last month, the Ministry of Home Affairs told parliament the police force needs a larger budget in order to expand, as it was falling far below international-standard ratios of police officers to civilians. Myanmar’s police-to-public ratio sits at around 1:1191, according to the ministry.

Translation by Khine Thazin Han