MIRI: The start of the new tear has seen the city’s police taking an initiative to ensure better safety and security at schools.
Miri police chief Asst Comm Khoo Leng Huat and his officers visited schools to meet parents, teachers and principals.
“We are meeting and holding discussions with schools’ management here on certain safety and security issues.
“Miri police have started a more coordinated approach to overcome longstanding issues, including traffic congestion in school zones.
“We have assigned officers to have dialogues with all schools in Miri.
“So far, our initiative for the schools is well-received.
“Headmasters, teachers, parents and students were very cooperative and we felt welcomed,” ACP Khoo told reporters after attending dialogues with several schools.
It had been proposed that the police would form joint-security units with auxillary police and schools’ security personnel to beef up watch, he said.
“Police are keen to work closely with all, including the Parents-Teachers Associations.
“We want to help train them the correct enforcement techniques, how to deal with crime and other emergency situations,” he added.
The New Year visit to schools is Miri police’s latest move to better serve the resort city.
Two months ago, ACP Khoo proposed a “joint collaboration” between police and residents to undertake neighbourhood patrolling in crime hotspots, especially at night and during pre-dawn hours.
He has also proposed to form the police-residents volunteer patrol unit and called on Miri police officers to be more rakyat-friendly.