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KUALA LUMPUR: Petron petrol station dealer Noraini Daud is all ready to give a hand to victims of crime after a two-month training course with the police.
“They (police) taught us how to calm down the victims when they come to our stations for help. We’ve also forged close ties with the local police station so we know exactly who to call in response to a crime.
“If the victim is injured, we also know who to call.
“We haven’t been trained in giving first aid yet. Maybe we can have training for that next time,” said Noraini, 53, who owns two stations in Jalan Kuchai Lama here and Port Dickson.
Her petrol station in Jalan Kuchai Lama is one of 86 Petron stations in the Klang Valley designated as “police stations” where victims of crime can go seek help and lodge reports.
The Kempen 1Aman – Go To Safety Points initiative, soon to be expanded to all 560 Petron stations and other petrol kiosks nationwide, will give people easier access to police when reporting a crime.
“I think it’s a great idea to let people feel safer and be able to lodge their reports in the comfort of an air-conditioned kiosk if they don’t want to go to a police station,” said Noraini, whose 12 workers also underwent the two-month training.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the Petron kiosks, which would act as “safe zones”, had also been equipped with facilities to alert the cops to come to the station to record the victim’s statements and take down the report.
“The stations will also act as a converging point for police patrol units, making them one of the safest places to be,” said Khalid when launching the initiative yester-day.
The campaign first started with all 7-Eleven stores and Pos Malaysia outlets earlier this year under the National Blue Ocean Strategy (to build strategic ties with private companies in fighting crime).
“We are happy to be working with a large organisation, which has many strategically placed outlets frequented by people to make it easier for the public to find help.
“I hope this move will be seen as a platform for us to reach out even more to private companies and the public to combat crime,” he said, adding that the force would implement more “civilian policing” initiatives under the second phase of the Government Transformation Prog-ramme (GTP).
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