October 20, 2017

NEW APpROACH TO DRUGS — VP calls for cooperation from all sectors to effectively control crime

Vice President U Myint Swe observing police tactical gear and riot equipment displayed at 52nd Myanmar Police Force Day Ceremony.
Vice President U Myint Swe observing police tactical gear and riot equipment displayed at 52nd Myanmar Police Force Day Ceremony.

THE government is drafting a new policy for controlling narcotic drugs as part of efforts to draw a strategy for solving the drug problem in addition to crime suppression and judicial sectors, said Vice President U Myint Swe in his remarks at the 52nd Myanmar Police Force Day ceremony in Nay Pyi Taw.
“Nowadays, narcotic drugs, inter alia, is becoming a major problem for the government. According to experiences encountered by consecutive governments in an attempt to eradicate the drugs, it was found that economic, health and development sectors need to be included in compiling the strategy for solving the drug problem, in addition to crime suppression and judicial sectors,” he said.
“With developing technologies, criminals are using new modus operandi to commit crimes, terrors and violence, hence the need for police forces at all levels to sustainably upgrade their abilities for dealing with these problems systematically,” The Vice President added.
U Myint Swe continued, “Increasing and decreasing factors of crimes are closely connected with social, economic and environmental problems. Accordingly, in an attempt to effectively control these crimes, it is essential for the police force to cooperate with various organizations such as judicial bodies, personnel from education, health, housing and resettlement, employment agencies, NGOs, from home and abroad, civic associations and news media, instead of relying wholly upon the criminal law and judicial systems.”
“We are responsible for upgrading our police force’s abilities to keep up with international standards. Under the aegis of UNDP, UNICEF, UNODC, ICRC and OHCHER workshops are being conducted.” he went on to say. In the evening, Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, Union Minister for Home Affairs, conferred award of honours for valor on two award recipients’ family members and two officers for ideal awards. Then, Deputy Minister Maj-Gen Aung Soe gave four other awards.

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