THE Malaysian Crime Prevention Awareness Board (LKPJM) launched a Crime Prevention Awareness Unit (UKPJ) in Setapak.
The unit was set up to encourage residents to work hand in hand with the board in organising community activities while preventing crime in the area.
LKPJM vice-president Tengku Ahmad Tengku Sulong said the unit was a non-governmental organisation (NGO) to assist the police in managing social misconducts.
“Volunteers can now join this unit and become the eyes and ears of the police.
“There are three units available under UKPJ – welfare, drug prevention and patrol – are open to anyone between the age of 18 and 60, ” he said.
Crime Prevention and Community Safety department head ASP Fazzol Abdul Razak, who launched the event, said the force was grateful for LKPJM’s assistance.
“We need all the help we can get from UKPJ and other organisations to deter crime and to provide aid through community activities because we are well aware of the social issues going around the neighbourhood.
“The patrol unit can inform police officers on any misconduct happening near them and we, on the other hand, will cooperate and guide them throughout the process, ” said Fazzol.
He added that there were more than 60 members in UKPJ, and although the programme had only started in Setapak, the unit would soon be available in the Wangsa Maju, Pudu and Jalan Tun Razak stations.
During the event, a donation of school supplies for poor students and police officers’ children took place with a contribution from Malaysian Education and Students Welfare Foundation (YPKPM).
“We were invited today to give school supplies to 50 poor students aged seven to 12 and children of police officers.
“We are very grateful to all donors who made the donation possible and we hope our donation can help students find joy in starting school next year, ” said YPKPM vice-president Datuk Sheeda Romli.
UKPJ was set up in stages at the state, district and branch level with UKPJ Setapak being the first.
Some of the activities planned are to organise welfare activities, hold educational talks on crime prevention and also assist the police in patrols.
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