The OC Register's special section last Sunday reported that law enforcement & fire-fighting are among the top government occupation in OC (Orange County) . The hourly rate was given while the yearly figures were calculated at 40/hrs a week for 52 weeks. (For those esp in Msia, you might wanna kno tht for every hr after the 40hrs/week the o/t rate is usually at 1.5x. )
1. Police/sheriff's patrol officers - $35.30/hr @ $73,424.00/pa - Moderate-term-on-the-job training
2. Civil engineers - $34.55/hr @ $71,864.00/pa - Bachelor's degree
3. Rehabilitation counsellors - $17.09/hr @ $35,547.20 - Master's degree
4. Detectives and criminal investigators - $39.65/hr @ $82,472.00/pa - Appropriate work experience
5. Fire fighters - $24.22/hr @ $50,377.60/pa - Long-term on-the-job training
Now lets go back to Malaysia for a second. If im not mistaken, the starting pay for police personnels in Malaysia is around RM900/mth or RM10,800/yr(?). Yes, they'r not as good as other police personnels in other countries but as the saying goes, "pay w peanuts and you will definitely get monkeys". With crime rates going up, I seriously think that our government should do/invest more in our police force. If I have any say at all this is what I would have them do prior to being hired:
1. Do a thorough background check to be sure that they dont have any criminal records.
2. Strenous physical training & martial arts classes- we need cops who can and WILL chase after those snatch thieves and actually catch them!
3. Be at least bi-lingual (Malay/English)
4. Pass the necessary exam papers required
5. Take empathy class/test - anybody dealt w those attitude-macam-s**l??
Once they've passed all of the above, then only they'l be interviewed for the job. By then, hopefully we'l finally have a police force that we can really be proud of and trust.
Next topic, im gonna venture on what we, Malaysian are expecting from our very own Polis DiRaja Malaysia (PDRM). ;)