THE Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) has handed over 32 community policing posts (CPP) to the police force as part of its initiative to step up security in the economic region.
IRDA federal commissioner Mohamad Sa’elal said the CPP concept has been well received by the local communities since the first post was set up in 2010.
The main aim of setting up CPPs, he explained, was to narrow the gap between the police and communities.
“We are grateful that the police have been receptive to the 32 posts set up and all are fully operational as at end of 2020.
“I hope we can continue working together to raise the confidence of people as well as investors regarding crime-fighting in the region, ” he said during his speech at the handover ceremony held at the Taman Flora Heights CPP in Pasir Gudang.
Finance and development division secretary-general in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Sollehuddin Alyubi Zakaria, who witnessed the handover, said CPP benefited the people in the region as it improved their perception of the country’s crime rate.
“The Federal Government project under the 9th and 10th Malaysia Plan also enables the people to work together as a community to combat crime, especially in residential areas.
“I hope the police can make full use of the CPPs and work with the community to ensure a peaceful and safe environment for all, ” he said, adding that the posts should be retained.
Johor police crime prevention and community safety department chief Senior Asst Comm Alzafny Ahmad said the CPP initiative encouraged more interaction between local communities and the police, thereby strengthening the overall security network.
“This concept also inculcates a strong sense of shared responsibility to combat crime.
“The impact of CPPs is felt by the police force and I hope the collaboration between IRDA and us will not stop here, ” he said.
All 32 CPPs are located within residential areas, which among others include Taman Universiti, Taman Pulai Utama, Felda Taib Andak, Felda Ulu Tebrau, Taman Pasir Putih, Taman Perbadanan Islam, Taman Mutiara Rini, Bandar Baru Permas Jaya.
Under the programme, which is part of the Iskandar Malaysia safety and protection master plan, a police personnel, together with his or her family, is placed at a CPP to reside within the community.
The community policing post is equipped with the necessary home features and also provides an office area complete with police communication devices.