MIRI: A pilot project that was aimed at enhancing cooperation in safety and security between housing estate residents and police has been more than fruitful as it helped forge closer relationship among the residents.
The pilot project was a programme started early this year between Miri City Council (MCC) and Miri Police at a housing estate in Pujut. It entailed joint patrol comprising city councillors and Rukun Tetangga members in the township with a population of about 30,000.
Miri deputy police chief Deputy Supt Stanley Ringgit and mayor Adam Yii yesterday presented certificates of appreciation to 25 Pujut joint-patrol members.
“Due to its success, not just in tackling crimes but also enhancing social relationship in the community, the pilot project will be implemented in other residential estates, commercial centres and industrial sites throughout Miri.
“This pilot project has been fruitful in reducing crimes such as break-ins and robberies,” Yii told reporters after the certificate presentation ceremony here.
“It also created opportunities for residents and police to understand each other and cooperate closely together.
“It has resulted in better relationship and solidarity among the residents.
“This pilot project is the first of its kind to be undertaken by a local council in Sarawak.
“It will be expanded to every residential estates and commercial centres and industrial areas in Miri,” he added.
Yii said the patrol volunteers in Pujut comprised men and women from all walks of life.
“The councillors, police and the resident committees will carry out more community-outreach programmes.
“We want to get more residents to be actively involved in this security and safety programme,” he said.
Yii said the police were regularly visiting residents to forge closer relationship and helped them beef up safety and security in the neighbourhood.