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Tuesday August 18, 2009

Volunteer cops to start duty today

KUALA LUMPUR: Civil Defence Department (JPAM) and Rela members will start their duty as volunteer policemen today.

The pioneer group reported for duty at the city police headquarters yesterday.

Nineteen are from JPAM and the rest from Rela. They have been sent to four police districts, said city CID chief Senior Asst Comm II Datuk Ku Chin Wah.

The volunteer police would be deployed to 11 crime hotspots identified under the ‘Ops Utama Perdana’.

This was part of the effort to reduce street crime by 20% in the next 14 months.

Reducing the street crime is one of the targets under the national Key Result Areas (KRAs) as announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak last month.

SAC Ku said the volunteer policemen would be bestowed with power accorded to policemen - but they won’t be given firearms.

“They have gone through two weeks of basic police training,” he said.

When asked, SAC Ku said more police volunteers would be added from time to time.

He said about 90 CCTV would also be installed in the 11 hotspots.

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