Police drones deployed to monitor SOP compliance

Eye in the sky:Officers from the Bukit Aman Air Wing Unit testing a drone that comes with a highdefinition camera and loudspeaker. Three drones have been deployed so far at public places and parks in the Klang Valley to remind people to comply with the SOP. — IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/The Star and PDRM

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have deployed drone units so that they can have a bird’s eye view of places of public interest to monitor standard operating procedure compliance within the Klang Valley.

According to Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Arjunaidi Mohamed, Bukit Aman had deployed its Air Wing drone units to assist them in monitoring such places and ensure public adherence to the SOP at all times.

“The drone units will assist our compliance teams during daily inspections. Two days ago, one of these drones was deployed in Taman Bandaran, Kelana Jaya.

“We advised the people gathered there to comply with the SOP under Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan,” he said when contacted.

Comm Arjunaidi also urged the public to continue complying with the SOP, including observing physical distancing, wearing face masks and washing their hands regularly.

“The battle is not over yet. We must work together to ensure that the virus does not spread in the community,” he added.

Bukit Aman Air Wing Unit (drone unit) chief Supt Rasha Azaldin Shafii said they had deployed three drones to assist Kuala Lumpur and Selangor police in carrying out compliance checks.

“Each drone unit is equipped with a high-definition camera and loudspeaker. It is used to monitor SOP compliance and remind the public to comply through announcements.

“Our main objective is to assist police stations or police headquarters to monitor the crowds at recreational spots and places of public interest,” he said.

Each drone has a flight time of between 30 minutes and an hour within a radius of 5km to 8km.

“The drones can be used to broadcast announcements in English, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin and Tamil via loudspeaker,” Supt Rasha said.

Those with information on any instace of SOP non-compliance should contact the Selangor police at 03-2052 9999, the city police hotline at 03-2115 9999 or the nearest police station.

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