Police should tackle mental problems among police personnel

Posted on September 18, 2013

Crime Analyst Datuk Akhbar Satar said the work stress and pressures faced by police personnel should not be regarded as petty issues because if left unaddressed, it could have serious effect on the personnel. (flickr)

Malaysia - All police contingent headquarters should have a special counselling or psychology unit to tackle mental problems among police personnel, according to the Malaysian Criminal Prevention Foundation (MCPF) vice president Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

“Mental health is very important and should be given serious attention as bigger tasks and challenges are being faced by today’s security forces personnel.

At present, Lee said each police contingent had their own Religious and Counselling Division (BAKA) to tackle disciplinary issues among their staff, but the BAKA’s scope of services was too general and did not focus on mental problems.

Therefore, he said a more relevant counselling or psychology unit should be set up in each police contingent where the police personnel who had problems or facing work stress could be referred to before the problems became to hard to handle.

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Source material from The Malay Mail Online

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