Malaysian police force should consider blogging.
I thought of this after reading a popular Chinese blog maintained by the Public Security Bureau from Hebei province, China [link].
The Chinese blog cover various news and information from the Hebei Public Security Bureau including tips to prevent being a crime victim, daily events of the police force, personal diary and interviews with various police personnel.
The blog also allow communication between the authorities and the common citizens, with suggestions to improve the police force being welcomed from the public.
Frankly I changed my perception to the police after reading the blog. It reminded me that sometimes we are over critical with our police force, forgetting that the police officers are normal human beings like us, and have their own life and family as well.
A simple and updated official blog from Malaysia police force could easily create rapport and ammend the rather spoilt reputation of Malaysian police..
Police are not superhuman
By revealing what they are doing routinely, the public will at least understand that the police are doing something and not sitting in the office drinking their coffee.
The blog could create understanding that police officers are ordinary people like us and are risking their lifes to protect the citizens.
It’s an honour and respectable to be a police
Malaysian police force are having troubles getting highly qualified individuals to join the forces. By letting the youngster knowing that being a police is something honourable (or perhaps fun) could attract some real good officers.
Create communication between police and the public
Lots of the critics to the Malaysian police could be avoided if proper communications have been done. The police force currently seem so unreachable and there’s no channel for the public to complain about safety issues or misconducts of police officers.
By allowing public comments, providing email communications and even messenger ID (the China blog are doing this), the communication between police and public will very much improve.
Not sure if it can be done, but providing information on crime prevention won’t hurt.
It’s easy and cheap to maintain a police blog
To start a blog, the police force need a domain, a hosting package and a few dedicated police bloggers.. simple, easy and cheap. Why waste money on organizing events to build relationship with the public when it could as simple be as maintaining a blog?
It would be nice to have a police blog that’s properly maintained. Everything will have their pros and cons but at the moment, I can only think of all good for Malaysian police force to start blogging.