Cops appointed to work with students

Duty to schools: SDCP Abdul Rahim (front, left) handing over the school liaison officer certificate of appointment to a police officer.

A TOTAL of 403 police personnel have been appointed as liaison officers for all primary, secondary, and international schools in Penang to curb social ills among the students.

State police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Abdul Rahim said the liaison officers should be of the rank of inspector or above and be assisted by rank and file personnel.

“For primary schools, a sub- inspector, sergeant major or sergeant will be assisted by a corporal, lance corporal or constable,” he said during a press conference after a school liaison officer appointment ceremony at the Penang police contingent headquarters recently.

SDCP Abdul Rahim added that the school liaison officer programme had been in existence since 1974.

“It is a collaboration between the police and the Education Ministry.

“The purpose is to create awareness on crime prevention through various approaches such as talks, campaigns and exhibitions,” he said.

On a separate matter, SDCP Abdul Rahim said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had set the Key Performance Index (KPI) this year.

The aim is to reduce reported crime index by 5%, reported burglaries by 10%, and street crime by 15%.

“The Penang police will strive to meet the KPI index,” he said.

“We also wish to increase the solving rate of cases by 50% and the charge rate by 40%,” he said.

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