Monday, June 10, 2013

Metal detectors and more CCTVs to ensure safety of Malaysians and cops

: While looking after the safety of the people, the police are also beefing up security at their stations nationwide.

Bukit Aman Management Director Comm Datuk Mortadza Nazarene said the security measures would include stringent checks on visitors to police stations.

“Metal detectors may be more widely used to scan visitors. We must ensure the safety of the public and police personnel at the stations at all times,” he told The Star yesterday.

“We are also looking into wider surveillance at the police stations, including installing more CCTVs,” he added when commenting on recent clashes at police stations.

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On Sunday, two groups of scrap metal traders brawled inside the Karak police station, forcing policemen to draw out their firearms to stop the fight.

On May 18, five machete-wielding men attacked a policeman at the Labis station in Segamat because of an old grudge.

The policeman, his wife and two friends were travelling on the Labis-Segamat trunk road when their car was stopped.

He was slashed by one of the men when he got out of the vehicle.

One of the policeman’s friends quickly pulled him back into the car and they sped towards the Labis police station, several kilometres away, with the group giving chase.

The 47-year-old policeman was slashed on his leg and head at the station car park while his wife was slightly injured. Police detained all five assailants.

Comm Mortadza gave an assurance that the security measures to be taken would not alienate the public.

“We will ensure that the public are still welcomed at police stations.

“The public can still lodge reports and meet the policemen in person,” he said.

“We have to walk a fine line – ensuring security while still being friendly to the public.

“We will not resort to such measures as having people lodge reports via small windows as is being done at NYPD (New York Police Department).”

Meanwhile, Bernama reported that police are recruiting 4,000 new personnel in stages.

Comm Mortadza said: “The recruitment is being carried out through the PSD (Public Service Department) and we will call up the eligible candidates to attend interviews at the relevant contingents before assigning them to the selected training centres.”

The recruitment is for three ranks – constable for those with SPM, Cadet Sergeant for Diploma holders and Inspector for graduates.
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