The Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) auxiliary police team have been urged to discharge their duties to the best of their abilities and maintain integrity at all times.
Former Penang police chief Comm Datuk T. Narenasagaran said the auxiliary police are accorded similar police powers as other police personnel within their areas of duties.
“In the course of discharging their duties, they must face various challenges but we as policemen who have been trained and have powers must be careful and adhere to the law too.
“There is no other local council than MBSP with such a wide area under its jurisdiction.
“On behalf of the Inspector-General and as the state police chief, I congratulate MBSP mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud and all the auxiliary policemen of the council for rising up to the challenges, ” said ex-Comm Narenasagaran.
He was speaking after presenting Pingat Kebaktian (PK) to 20 MBSP auxiliary policemen in a special ceremony at the council’s headquarters in Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam.
The PK is conferred on auxiliary policemen who have served for 12 years or performed excellently.
Also present were MBSP secretary Rosnani Mahmud and central Seberang Prai acting OCPD Supt Mohd Mustafa Bidin.
Narenasagaran praised Rozali on his council’s auxiliary police force for being the first among city councils nationally to receive the PK.
Rozali said the awards would enhance the quality of service of the MBSP auxiliary police force.
“The auxiliary police should enhance service quality, morale and discipline through training and compliance with the rules set by the Royal Malaysian Police, ” he added.
He said the auxiliary police was formed on July 11,2001, with a strength of 30 policemen comprising an inspector, a sergeant, two corporals and 26 constables.
“Currently, the team comprises an assistant superintendent, inspector, sergeant-major, four sergeants, four corporals, four lance corporals and 15 constables, ” he added.
Rozali said the council hoped to increase the number of auxiliary policmen in the North, Central and South Seberang Prai districts.
He said among the duties of the auxiliary police were to monitor and take care of assets belonging to MBSP worth RM1.3 billion from encroachment, losses and damage.
He said properties and assets other than vehicles and equipment included land, public marketplaces, food complexes, public halls, container depots and garbage depots throughout Seberang Prai, which has an area of 738.41sq km.
It is the largest local authority in Malaysia, with 1.06 million people or 66% of the total population of Penang.
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