SHAH ALAM: Selangor police have teamed up with taxi-hailing app PICKnGO to help them stay vigilant against crime.
State deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Ab Rashid Ab Wahab signed a note of cooperation with PICKnGO Sdn Bhd executive director Valerie Chan to insert a feature in the app that allows their taxi drivers to contact police with just a single click.
"We are always looking to improve the safety and security of the public.
"By working together with PICKnGO, we hope to utilise the 10, 000 taxi drivers who are registered with PICKnGO in Selangor as our eyes and ears, " he said during the signing ceremony at Selangor police headquarters on Monday (Aug 19).
He said taxi drivers are always out and about on the street and can prove to be a valuable resource.
"Any crime like vehicle theft, robbery or road rage, they can contact our operations centre easily with this app.
"This is smart partnership will help us reduce crime and increase our crime solving rate, " he said.
DCP Ab Rashid said that the feature will be monitored for the first month to gauge the public's reception.
"We are pioneering this feature on PICKnGO but we hope to expand it to other popular apps like Grab, " he said.
Chan added that the importance of safety for both their passengers and drivers led to this collaboration with the police.
"The app also has an SOS button feature that can be pressed by either the passenger or the driver who will alert the police and us.
"We want all parties to feel safe and secure for the duration of their ride while using PICKnGO, " she said at the event.
Also present were Selangor Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk K. Kumaran and Peninsular Malaysia Taxi Operators association vice-president Ab Razak Ab Aziz.
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