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Headstart for the recruits

Published on: Friday, December 13, 2013

Penampang: Police recruits will get a headstart in interacting with the public with their involvement in community policing even as they train to become policemen.

State Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib said the Police Training Centre (Pulapol) used to focus on basic training on the do's and don'ts in transforming from a civilian to a police personnel.

But under the National Key Result Area objectives, the roles of the Police Training Centre were widened to include getting recruits directly involved in community policing.

Hamza said this during a police community policing programme, with its theme 'Fear of Crime' held in Donggongan Township, here on Thursday.

Also present was his Deputy Datuk Abdul Malek Harun and Datuk Donald Mojuntin who represented the Donggongon community.

The programme was organised by the State Police Training Centre led by Commander Supt Mohd Azhar Hamin in collaboration with the Penampang Police Station led by DSP Ratan Kumar Singh.

Also invited were government agencies such as the Fire and Rescue Department, Volunteers Corp and the Civil Defense Department which is part of the National Blue Ocean Strategy in promoting cooperation.

Fire extinguishers and crime prevention pamphlets were distributed to about 20 local community leaders during the programme which was attended by a total of 109 new recruits.

"We give recruits an opportunity to get closer to the people and to experience for themselves how police conduct their duties particularly in aspects of community policing," said Hamza, adding that it was also part of increasing police omnipresence.

On another note, he said, the crime index rate in Sabah has been reduced to 4.5 per cent, and the Key Performance Indicators for house break-in cases has also reduced to 2.2 per cent, while the charging rate has increased to by 5.5 per cent.

"Reducing crime is not an easy task but it is important for the people to feel safe, thus we hope to maintain our performance till end of this year.