KUCHING, Sept 10: Some 138 police officers from the Sarawak contingent will be deployed to Sabah for the state election scheduled for Sept 26.
Disclosing this, Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail said Sarawak will also send 27 vehicles such as four-wheel-drive vehicles (13), saloon cars (11), a van (1) and lorry (1).
“Our personnel will be there from Sept 22 until 29 to assist our Sabah counterpart in ensuring the smooth running of the Sabah state elections (PRN) and strengthen security.
“Among them are those from traffic (91), special branch (30), drivers (14) and senior traffic officers,” Aidi told reporters after officiating at a ceremony to hand over new vehicles to the police force here today.
Earlier, Aidi received a fleet of 27 Mobile Patrol Vehicle (MPV) units comprising Honda Civic 1.8S vehicles for Sarawak.
The new MPVs are fully equipped with RMPNeT communication equipment, dashboard cameras and mobile digital video recorders as well as have special features including their own vehicle code.
Districts which will receive these vehicles in this first phase are Kuching (5), Sibu (4), Miri (4), Padawan (4), Bintulu (2), Kota Samarahan (2), Limbang (2), Sarikei (1), Sri Aman (1) and the tourist police unit (2).
“The MPV serves as the front liner which acts as first responder from the police to handle all incidents reported through the DCC, CCC and MCC control centres. In order to improve our service to the community, logistics facilities such as MPVs are very important especially when it comes to patrol duties in crime prevention.
“Now that there is an increase in number of patrol cars which are very sophisticated, I hoped our personnel will fully utilised them in carrying out their duties in their respective districts. Their presence and quicker response to any emergency calls will definitely boost our community’s confidence in PDRM,” Aidi asserted.
Aidi said that the supply of new vehicles also shows the government’s intention in providing the best service for the community in maintaining peace, order and security in the country.
Meanwhile, the second phase will see more four-wheel-drive vehicles sent to rural districts in Sarawak. — DayakDaily