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Friday August 14, 2009

135 ready to serve as volunteer cops

BANGI: The 135 maiden batch of volunteers from Rela and the Civil Defence will complete their two-week long training today and are ready to start duties as volunteer police personnel from Sunday.

Trainee Siti Norhidayu Mohd Aini, 21, said although the crash-course style training was not too physically demanding, it was still a challenge because of the tight deadline.

“Most of the trainees here are happy for the chance to learn various things such as aspects of the law, self-defence, how to deal with the public and also the correct technique to apprehend criminals.

Keeping the streets safe: Volunteers training at the Civil Defence Training Centre in Bangi.

“We are ready to do our part in keeping the streets safe,” she told The Star when met at the Civil Defence Training Centre here yesterday.

The resident from Jasin, Malacca is among those shortlisted from more than 1,000 Civil Defence and Rela members following Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein’s announcement that members from the two movements would join the volunteer police.

The trainees would be assigned to district police stations in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur where the 50 crime hotspots had been identified.

For Civil Defence member M. Ravi, 37, the training left him more appreciative of the work done by regular policemen.

“In our training, we are told how easily situations can turn violent. It really made me appreciative of them because they leave for work each day knowing they may face life threatening situations,” he said. Meanwhile, Civil Defence director-general Datuk Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid said he was happy with the commitment shown by the trainees during the two-week stint and was confident of their readiness to serve.

He added that applications for the second batch had already started to arrive and interviews to shortlist trainees would begin today.

He said the second batch would also include Johor.

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