Published: Wednesday July 18, 2012 MYT 9:11:00 PM
Police will increase presence at public places
PULAU AMAN (BATU KAWAN): Police presence at public places, especially those with high incidents of crime, will be boosted to allay the fear of the people.
Bukit Aman Internal security and Public Order director Datuk Salleh Mat Rasid said his department was determined to overcome the fear of the public, concerning crime, via the police presence approach.
"The Inspector-general of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar has called all directors and state police chiefs last Friday to further strengthen their crime prevention programmes, specifically to overcome the fear of crime among the public.
"Several matters were decided at the meeting including increasing personnel at spots where crimes often took place and to use elements available to maximise all our personnel," he told reporters after attending the High Profile Policing programme with residents of Pulau Aman, here, Wednesday.
He said the Federal Reserve Unit, General Operations Force and Marine police would be deployed at 50 hot spots in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor and Penang.
He said the crime rate for the first six months of this year had dropped by 4.2 percent compared with the same period last year because the number of crime during the first six months was 11,098 compared with 11,583 during the same period last year.
Meanwhile, Salleh said the government had approved the recruitment of 5,000 new constables and officers from June to fill existing vacancies this year. - Bernama