MIRI: Sarawak police has equipped its Pan-Borneo Highway patrols and mobile patrol units in cities and towns with an array of powerful firearms and high-tech gadgets to be used in their war against gangsters and highway robbers.
Semi-automatic machineguns, high-tech mobile computers that can identify faces and trace criminal records, powerful digital cameras that can capture high-resolution images at high-speed, long-wave frequency telecommunications tools and fast cars – these are weapons that the state police will rely on to nail the crooks and to strike fear in ‘potential’ crooks.
Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Talib Jamal said his men, who are on daily highway-patrol duties along the 1,000km-long Pan-Borneo Highway from Miri to Kuching, are now armed to their teeth, both in terms of firearms and also in terms of technology.
Their counterparts on mobile patrol duties inside the cities and towns in the state’s 11 divisions are also equipped with similar powerful accessories, he said yesterday.“We are using both fire-power and technology in our effort to get rid of gangster organisations and highway robbery gangs as well as to strike fear in any potential gangs that are looming around.
“Our highway patrol personnels assigned to cover the length of the Pan-Borneo Highway from Miri to Kuching are now armed with both MP5 (sub-machine guns) and pistols.
“We have converted Toyota Hilux and Waja vehicles into fast patrol vehicles for use by these highway patrol units and these vehicles can easily go more than 100kms per hour for long distances.
“In each of these vehicles, we have high-tech computers that can trace photos and criminal records and check vehicle numbers, digital cameras that can capture high-resolution images at high-velocity and powerful communication tools that can reach long distances.”
Comm Talib said that for the northern half of the state spanning the Bintulu and Miri Divisions, the highway patrols are on double duties because there are two branches of the Pan-Borneo Highway, one along the coast and the other along the inland route, each of which measures some 250kms in lenth.
Every night, there will be at least 2 teams along the two branches, one travelling from Miri to Bintulu and the other heading from Bintulu to Miri.