KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Jauteh Dikun was confirmed as the Sabah Police Commissioner on Tuesday (May 2), becoming the first Kadazandusun to helm the post.
The Ranau-born Jauteh will be the third Sabahan to lead the state police contingent after Datuk Illiyas Ibrahim and Datuk Omar Mammah.
Jauteh, 57, had previously taken over as acting Sabah police chief from Datuk Idris Abdullah, the former state police commissioner, who retired last March 31.
Jauteh was also promoted to the rank of Commissioner of Police from his previous rank of Deputy Commissioner.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said Jauteh’s appointment as the state police chief was the right decision in order to ensure the safety and security of Sabah.
The state, he said, continues to attract plenty of visitors not only domestically but from other countries.
“As one of the top tourist destinations, Sabah’s security has the highest attention from the Royal Malaysia Police whether from the threat of crimes or activities that could raise concern among the people,” he said after a rank conferment ceremony at the Sabah police headquarters in Kepayan here.
“We are confident Jauteh’s presence will be able to preserve the safety in Sabah and ensure the tourism industry is looked after as well as assisting the state to improve its economy,” he added.
Jauteh joined the police force as an Asst Supt in 1994 and went on to hold several high positions in various departments such as the Kota Belud OCPD from 1997 to 2001; the Sabah Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief from 2005 to 2008/2011 to 2012 and; head of the insurance crime unit in Bukit Aman 2010-2011.
In 2012, he was named the Kota Kinabalu OCPD with the rank of Asst Comm before being appointed as the state Crime Investigation Department (CID) head from 2018 to 2021.
Jauteh held the Sabah Deputy Commissioner of Police position from 2021 to this year.
Meanwhile, Acryl Sani also witnessed the handing over of the Sabah deputy police chief post from Jauteh to Deputy Comm Shahurinain Jais who was previously the Johor CID chief.
The Inspector-General of Police said Shahurinain, who was promoted from his last rank of Senior Asst Comm, will be a good addition thanks to his experience.
“Shahurinain Jais is an experienced officer in CID as well as in the Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department (in Bukit Aman).
“I am convinced that he will be a good deputy for Jauteh in ensuring the Sabah police contingent continues to perform well,” he said.