Over 1,300 cops to be deployed as liaison officers in Johor schools, says state police chief

A police officer showing children the Children and Teenagers Crime Awareness Module (Mekar) book at the launch of the module at Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club in Iskandar Puteri on Wednesday (Dec 2).

ISKANDAR PUTERI: A total of 1,374 police personnel will be deployed as liaison officers to conduct monthly crime awareness programmes apart from the bi-monthly visits to reduce social ills among students at primary and secondary schools.

Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said the programme will include counselling activities jointly conducted by the Johor Police Contingent and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Counseling Centre under the Children and Teenagers Crime Awareness Module (Mekar).

He added that although the number of recorded crime cases involving teenagers showed a decline, the police and public should not be complacent but instead conduct extra efforts in eradicating social crimes involving children and teenagers.

“Presently, there are a total of 1,031 primary schools, 288 secondary schools, 20 secondary religious schools (sekolah agama), seven primary religious schools and 28 private, international and higher learning institutions in the state.

“Each school and higher learning institution has one school liaison officer and the police plan to improve their roles through activities in the school instead of coming twice a month during the school assembly, ” he said at a press conference after the launching ceremony of the Mekar module at Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club, here on Wednesday (Dec 2).

He added that a total of 1,388 students were arrested in 2018, followed by 1,230 students in 2019, and 538 students from January until October this year.

“In general, 95% of those arrested are male compared to 5% female students. Among the crimes committed are motorcycle theft, voluntarily causing injury to others, house break-ins, rape and robbery.

“Records also showed that 58% of the victims are female students, and 42% are male students, ” he said, adding that 99% of the crime offenders and victims are students aged between 13 and 18.

“As for narcotics cases, 38 cases involving 67 students were reported in 2018,33 cases involving 43 students in 2019, and 30 cases involving 36 students from January until October this year.

“All of the drug cases involved secondary students caught with drug possession, consuming drugs, and consuming ketum, ” he added.

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