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by russell ting
So long: DCP Acryl (left) handing over duty to DCP Sabtu witnessed by Deputy IGP Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin during the ceremony in Kuching.
KUCHING: After serving as Sarawak police commissioner for the past one year, nine months and seven days, DCP Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani is returning to his hometown in Perak where he will serve as the new boss.
DCP Datuk Wira Muhammad Sabtu Osman will be replacing the stoic DCP Acryl, who first took up the posting in December 2011.
Speaking to reporters during a press conference after a handover of duties yesterday, DCP Sabtu said his first task would be to ensure that the welfare of members of the police force was taken care of properly.
“First of all, I will concentrate on ensuring that the workplaces, residences, and even logistics support of police officers here in the state are all in order.
“Once this is done, I can work on ensuring that they in turn carry out their duties to the best of their abilities and by providing ‘delivery service’ to the public,” said DCP Sabtu.
“By ‘delivery service’, I mean giving the public what they deserve in terms of response time and service.
“The public also need to do their part as well in terms of community policing and cooperating with the police force. If people are just looking on without lending a helping hand to the police, it will not help in preventing crime at all,” said the 56-year-old veteran.
“Some may say that they as taxpayers deserve to be helped, but they must remember that the police are taxpayers as well, so I would like to urge the public to cooperate as much as they can with the police.”
DCP Sabtu, who has served in the force for 38 years, proudly added that he came from a family of police officers.
“Because almost my entire family consists of police officers, when people ask me where I was born, instead of replying that I’m from Negri Sembilan, I jokingly say that I was born in a police station,” he laughed.
He was also one of the key members of the force during the Lahad Datu intrusion, heading operations in the area in early February.
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