THE police have a school liaison officer in every primary and secondary school to monitor students who are prone to crime.
The decision to have a school liaison officer monitor primary school pupils began five years ago.
The officer visits the school at least twice a month, to get information from the teachers and school principal on problematic pupils.
Sentul OCPD Asst Comm R. Munusamy said the programme to involve police in secondary schools started in 1996.
“However, we realised that students mix with bad company at an early age. So we wanted to monitor primary school pupils as well.
“It starts with youths not obeying the law. The simple act of parents not using a seat belt or failing to return items that youths find contribute to shaping a child’s character.
“Since our men work closely with the schools, two months ago we discovered an isolated case of a 16-year-old student involved in a drug syndicate,” said Munusamy, after launching the 1Malaysia Community Carnival for Kepong and Batu parliamentary constituencies in Jinjang Selatan Tambahan, Kuala Lumpur.
He said parents must keep a close watch on their children at all times and teach them to obey the law.
Munusamy said the school liaison officers, who cover some 70 primary and secondary schools in Sentul, would report their findings to him.
More than 200 people, including family members, from 10 Komuniti 1Malaysia (K1M) from Kepong and Batu divisions joined the event.
There were games, colouring contests, free medical check-ups, a singing contest, lucky draw prizes and traditional dances lined up throughout the day.
The 10 K1Ms are from Jinjang Selatan Tambahan, Jinjang Baru, Fadason Park, Beringin, PPR Taman Wahyu, Batu Muda, Bandar Baru Sentul, Bandar Baru Sentul Perdana, Jalan Sentul and Sentul Utara.
The carnival was jointly organised by the Federal Territory Kuala Lumpur Information Department, Welfare Department, Kepong Health Department, Public Complaints Bureau and Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry.
Munusamy said carnivals such as this were effective in getting the community to know each other.
“Today, the community is not as close-knit compared to a decade ago, as many of them do not even know their neighbours or those staying next door. People are caught up with work and do not mix with their neighbours.
“This has to change. I urge the community to join the carnival and local social activities to know what is happening in their neighbourhood.
“When the communities are close, thieves will fear entering neighbourhoods and this will deter crime,” said Munusamy.
Information Department officer for Kepong and Batu Division Khairul Amar Firdaus Azahar echoed Munusamy’s views.
“Children and parents had fun taking part in community games like the apple-eating contest, candy-hunting, ping pong-balancing race and lawn bowling with coconuts,” he said.