Intelligence gathering to continue, vows CP
Published on: Thursday, October 10, 2019
By: Stefyanie Myla Micheal
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KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah  (pic) said they will continue gathering intelligence on issues related to safety especially on cross-border related crimes and the entry of militant elements such as DAESH, KFR and Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).

“The safety should focus on the intelligence collaboration between the securities agencies especially PDRM itself to be managed collectively as well as to be more prepared for any possibilities from the elements said.

“As one of the main law enforcement agencies, we need to run our core business in reducing the crime rates and to make sure the people feel safe no matter where they are,” he said.

Omar mentioned how the crime prevention and community safety department (JPJKKs) should play their role in putting a strategy to increase the community’s awareness through the community policing and engagement with the local community.

“This can be done along with the community by visiting their houses of worship, through a community programme such as ‘gotong-royong.

“Periodic patrols by our patrol car (MPV) and motorcycle (URB) units to identify the crime hotspot should also be enhanced and next is to eliminate the fear of crime among the community,”

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Meanwhile, he said the monthly gathering is important for Sabah PDRM especially those in IPK to listen to instructions to improve quality and maintain excellent service to the people.

“As we are well aware, the government recently decided not to renew the business licenses of outlets with slot machines.

“As a result, I believe the gambling syndicates will take the opportunity to either add more or to expand the gambling activities may it be conventional or via the internet.

“Our job is to take a step ahead in disabling and preventing it from worsening,” he said.

In spite of our success in arresting and seizing items related to drug activity, our Chief Minister have repeatedly brought up and highlighted the drug related issue.

Omar said there has been an increase in cases under the Dangerous Drugs Act and Poison Act 1952 with 9,042 arrested since January with an increase of 41.6pc compared to the same period last year. 

“There is an increase of 15.8pc of cases and 18.6% of arrest made related to drug distribution for the same period compared to last year.

“For the same period, there’s increase of 3.1pc cases and 1.6pc arrest made for those with drug possession,” he said.

He said the Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department (JSJN) team along with KPD will have to reassess their performance especially in the hotspot area which were made ‘Kampung Angkat’ previously.

“We need to make sure this programme is having positive impact whether reducing, no changes or totally free from drug related crimes.

“Sabah PDRM contingent must also make sure Sabah is not a safe place for drug suppliers,” he said adding not only drug is a number one enemy that could destroy the younger generation and could tear familiesl, it is also causing many social problems.



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