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Police Training Centre
Pusat Latihan Polis
Pulapol KL insignia.jpg
Logo of the PULAPOL
Agency overview
Formed 20 November 1904
Jurisdiction Government of Malaysia
Headquarters Semarak Street
Minister responsible
Agency executives
  • SAC Dato' Nahariah Binte Husin, Commandant
  • ACP Mohamad, Deputy Chief Executive
Parent agency Ministry of Home Affairs

The Malaysian Police Training Centre (Malay: Pusat Latihan Polis, PULAPOL) is an eldest police academy in Malaysia and the training institute for Royal Malaysia Police. Located at Semarak Street (formerly Henry Gurney Street), Kuala Lumpur. It is the place where the police is trained under the government. Learning in PULAPOL encompasses training aspect, from academic or practical. Currently, PULAPOL have five branches which consisted of PULAPOL Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Semarak, PULAPOL Ayer Hitam, Negeri Sembilan, PULAPOL Segamat, Johore, PULAPOL Langkawi, Kedah and PULAPOL Sarawak. The police academies will be guaranteed to have a job and will be trained for six or nine months there.


On 20 November 1904, the first Police Training Centre was formed by Captain Graham, the Malay States Guides container officer. It was originally located at Bluff Road which was later renamed as Bukit Aman Street. Currently it was the location of Bukit Aman's Police Headquarters which was formerly named Malay States Guides Command Headquarters of Kuala Lumpur. The area consists of 249.5 acres or 41.6 hectare. In 1905, the centre admitted its first intake with 207 Malay and 219 Indian recruits.

In 1920, a new Police Training Centre was proposed when the old facility were unable to accommodate the increasing intake of the police trainees. The effort to build the new centre was postponed due to the economic depression until it was reviewed five years later. An area near the Gurney Road was chosen and throughout the 30's, constructions for the academy was done. In October 1940, the Police Training Centre in Bluff Road transferred to the new Police Training Centre at Gurney Road (currently Jalan Semarak), Kuala Lumpur.

Recruits of Royal Malaysian Police with senior police officers in a shooting course, armed with HK MP5 at PULAPOL Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In 1941, the training programme were halted due to the invasion of Japanese Imperial Army towards Malaya. Most of the police officers from the centre were called to serve against the military attack and at the beginning of the occupation until eight police officers were left.

Once Malaya had fallen under the Japanese occupation, the Police Training Centre were made into the Japanese's Military Police Headquarters. In August 1945, British army were able to take over the training centre and later it was reconstructed as the largest training centre for the police force. During 1945 until 1946, Mr. J.D. Fairhead acted as the Police Training Centre Commander after Japanese rule. From then to 1957, the training centre were commanded by the British military personnel.

In 1957, Malaya achieved her independence from the Britain and the training centre was then being given to Sir Merican Bin Sutan as its first Malay Commandant from 25 November 1957 to 24 November 1959. From 1940 to 2007, the training centre was helmed by at least 40 Commandants in its lifetime. By 1977, this institution is now familiarly known as PULAPOL (Police Training Centre) and consists of at least 2,200 recruits per sessions.

First female commandant[edit]

On 16 January 2014, SAC Nahariah Hussein, 57, a D1 assistant principal director (Administration) of Bukit Aman CID was appointed as the 42nd commandant of PULAPOL when she took over from SAC Zulkifli Mohamad bringing her as a first female commandant since it was established in 1904.[1]


  1. ^ "Pulapol gets its first woman commandant since its set-up in 1904". The Borneo Post. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 

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