City Police Chief ACP Jauteh Dikun handed back the building keys to the Kota Kinabalu Education Department Deputy Officer Shuhaimi Haji Harun who received the keys on behalf of SMK Pulau Gaya at a ceremony held in Pulau Gaya here, Thursday.
Also present were SMK Pulau Gaya Excellent Principal Datin Hajah Azah Jamail and Deputy City Police Chief Supt M. Chandra.
The school building was officially utilised as a temporary police station on June 15, 2013, with a total of 39 personnel and one senior officer with the purpose of boosting security following the Lahad Datu intrusion last year.
Jauteh thanked the State Education Department for allowing the building to be utilised as a temporary police station for close to a year.
The Pulau Gaya Police Station will be relocated to a temporary site, which also belongs to the State Education Department, located next to the school building until a permanent police station is constructed in due time.
Jauteh during his inspection of the building, noted that there were several broken window panes, bent iron grills and torn fences which he believed was the work of a small group of delinquents on the island.
He therefore reminded residents, particularly village heads, that taking care of the school building is the responsibility of all.
"We must remind our children that causing damages is an offence under Section 427 of the Penal Code and if they are caught, they can not only be fined RM500, but will have their names recorded with the police and this would jeopardise their future," he said.
He also assured that the police will do their level best to ensure security of Pulau Gaya residents.