Thursday, 13 September 2012

Police to review SOP on handcuff usage

KUALA LUMPUR: Police will review the standard operating procedures (SOP) on the use of handcuffs.

Federal CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin said this followed allegations of indiscretion on the use of handcuffs on suspects.

“We will study current guidelines on the matter,” he said at Bukit Aman yesterday.

Comm Mohd Bakri said there were instances that warranted the use of handcuffs for the safety of the suspects and the police officers.

“We will gather feedback from our officers in the field before putting the SOP in black and white,” he said.

Several parties had recently criticised the cops who handcuffed part-time model Ong Sing Yee, 19, who surrendered to the police after she was implicated in the incident where several people stepped on photographs of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during a gathering here on the eve of Merdeka day.

The teenager and her boyfriend, Lim Kian Peng, 20, surrendered to Johor police after their pictures appeared among those who had allegedly stepped on the images.

They were released on police bail but will return for further questioning on Oct 5.

Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Gan Ping Sieu had said recently that it was unnecessary for Ong to be handcuffed as she had willingly turned herself in.

He had stressed that the SOP should be reviewed, adding that he did not blame the police officers who were trained to respond in that manner.

Gan said he would write to Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar in his capacity as deputy minister to urge him to review the current SOP.

Responding to the criticisms, city police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohmad Salleh had said handcuffing an arrested person was part of the Criminal Procedure Code.

Source : Click


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