Police need new bulletproof vests

SIMPANG RENGGAM: Bukit Aman will be requesting aid from the government to buy new assets including bulletproof vests for its general operations Force (GOF) and marine police.

Its Internal Security and Public Order Department director Datuk Seri Abd Rahim Jaafar said the assets would be used by more than 12,000 personnel and officers of both GOF and marine police.

He added that the bulletproof vest was important with GOF and marine police personnel and officers who were always at risk in safeguarding the country’s border from smugglers.

“The two units are actively involved in operations such as Ops Benteng and Ops Khazanah and smugglers are known to arm themselves with weapons including firearms.

“The bulletproof vests we have are about 10 years old now and most of them are either damaged or worn out,” he said when met after conducting a visit to GOF 5th Battalion headquarters here.

Abd Rahim pointed out that police was in the midst of completing its request before forwarding it to the government by the end of this year.

He said besides bulletproof vests, the allocation would also be used to buy night vision goggles and vehicles to help in its battle against smuggling activities.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated matter, Abd Rahim congratulated the GOP Central Brigade for its success in conducting various raids and seizure totalling more than RM32mil as well as arresting 511 suspects.

He added that 157 raids were carried out between Jan 1 and Dec 3 this year along the western coastal area in Johor and Selangor maritime border.

“Among the items that have been seized during the period include various vehicles, liquor, drugs, illicit cigarettes as well as protected wildlife and plants,” he said. — By MOHD FARHAAN SHAH

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