10 minutes for cops to respond


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 19 Nov 2003

BY SHARON LING

KUCHING: Ten minutes – that’s how fast patrol cars should respond to public calls for help when the police carry out their sector patrolling here. 

OCPD Asst Comm Rozin Yusop said the district had been divided into 12 sectors and each patrol car would be on duty in two or three sectors. 

“A car that is assigned to a particular sector must not leave the sector. So, if something happens in that sector and there is a call for police assistance, the car can respond faster because it is already there,” he said. 

NICE WHEELS: SAC(I) Abang Abdul Wahab checking out the new patrol car after handling over the keys to the district police headquarters in Kuching Tuesday.

He advised the public to call the 24-hour police operations room at 082-244 444 if they were victims of a crime so that the patrol cars on the ground could respond immediately. The operations room number in Sibu is 084-322 222, Miri 085-432 533 and Bintulu 086-332 044. 

Sarawak Deputy Commissioner of Police Senior Asst Comm (I) Abang Abdul Wahab Abang Julai said sector patrolling would commence soon following the distribution of 11 additional patrol cars to the Kuching police district on Monday.  

“In the past, we only had three patrol cars on the road. Now we can have at least seven to eight cars on the move every hour of the day, patrolling specific sectors. 

“With sector patrolling, the response time of the patrol cars should not be more than 10 minutes,” he said after handing over the new cars to ACP Rozin at the police district headquarters here. 

Besides Kuching, sector patrolling will also be introduced in Miri, Sibu and Bintulu when these districts receive their additional patrol cars later this month. 

Altogether 38 new patrol cars were allocated to Sarawak, with Kuching district receiving 11, Sibu and Miri seven each and Bintulu four. The rest are meant for Sarikei district and the traffic police patrolling the main route from Kuching to Miri and Brunei. 

“We hope to reduce traffic accidents by having more cars patrolling the route, setting up speed traps and generally maintaining road safety.”  

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