Monday, May 27

‘Community policing helps in bringing down crime rate’

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Fatimah (seated third left), Lau (seated second left), Shafie (seated fourth left) and CP Sarawak members in a group photo prior to them meeting and mingling with members of the public at Emart Batu Kawa yesterday.

KUCHING: The crime index in Sarawak has gone down by five per cent so far this year compared to the same period last year.

Bukit Aman Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department deputy director (strategic planning) DCP Dato’ Fatimah Abdul Hamid attributes this to the Community Policing (CP) implemented in the state.

Fatimah stressed that without the cooperation of CP and the whole Malaysian community, tackling crimes would become a challenge to the police.

“This is why I am urging for the Sarawak Police Contingent (IPK) to work more closely and actively with CP Sarawak,” said Fatimah during a community policing programme held at Emart Batu Kawa yesterday.

She added that CP Sarawak is a manifestation of peace loving citizens who want to curb criminal activities within their community.

With CP members and the police out to create an omni presence in their neighbourhood, criminals would be intimidated and deterred from committing crimes.

The police, she assured, would continue to uphold their responsibilities which is to maintain the peace and safety of the community despite the active role of CP members.

On another note, Sarawak has recorded a total of 49,204 users of the Volunteer Smartphone Patrol (VSP) mobile app which was launched early this year by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Since its launch, the app has received more than 27,000 complaints.

“Currently there are more than 1.3 million registered app users across Malaysia,” she revealed.

Also speaking was CP Sarawak chairman Datuk John Lau who said CP Sarawak was officially registered on May 28, 2015 and was guided and coached by Fatimah.

He added that CP Sarawak members had even received calls at 2.30am which reflected their deep voluntary commitment to become the eyes, ears and mouthpiece of the police.

Also present were IPK Sarawak Prevention and Community Safety Department head SAC Shafie Ismail, Padawan district police chief Supt Aidil Bolhassan and his deputy DSP Merbin Lisa.