KUALA LUMPUR, June 12 – The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is committed to help the law and enforcement agencies throughout the world to fight against corruption. The NYPD’s former Chief of Internal Affairs Bureau, Charles Campisi said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) faces the same challenge as faced by United States in combating corruption. “The New York City Police Department is dedicated to help and working together with government law and enforcement agencies throughout the world, we believe by sharing information and resources, we all can combat corruption the best way,” he told reporters here Thursday.
Earlier, Campisi, together with Peter Ainsworth, a veteran United States prosecutor serving as Senior Deputy Chief for Litigation of the Public Integrity Section, the US Department of Justice’s Criminal Division and United States Embassy Legal Advisor Kenneth C Kohl, conducted a workshop for about 30 MACC senior officials at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Academy (MACA) here. During the workshop on ‘Internal Affairs Investigation and Successful Prosecution of Police Corruption’, Campisi also shared some ideas on how the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau detected the drug abuse among the police officers using hair as well as finger and toe nails apart from urine test.
He also shared how the NYPD engaged with the public to encourage them to report corruption among the authorities. “In New York City, we try to use every resource available. We encourage the public to be involved, we attend public meetings and explain the rules and procedures, they understand what to be expected. “We let them know the ways they can report corruption. We make it as easy as possible for them to report corruption.
We try to engage with citizens as much as we can,” he said. According to Kohl, the authorities also needed to be proactive besides being reactive in fighting corruption. “Whether it’s an Internal Affairs Bureau or officers professional responsibility, the identity between the law and enforcement agency needs to be proactive, not just reactive to corruption,” he said. Also present was MACC Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed.