Kuching police ensure safe New Year’s Eve with massive integrated crime prevention operation

An Integrated Crime Prevention Operation was conducted around Kuching during New Year's Eve.

KUCHING, Jan 2: In order to ensure public safety during the New Year’s Eve celebrations, the Kuching District Police Headquarters conducted an Integrated Crime Prevention Operation around Kuching city and successfully apprehended 16 individuals involved in various criminal activities, including vehicle theft and drug-related offenses.

The operation, which took place from 9pm on Dec 31, 2023, to 5am on Jan 1, 2024, involved 14 senior officers and 129 members from various divisions, including Criminal Investigation, Crime Prevention and Community Safety, Traffic Investigation and Enforcement, Narcotics Crime Investigation, and Commercial Crime Investigation, as well as all police stations.

“The special operation’s goal was to prevent crime on New Year’s Eve in public spaces, particularly in Kuching city’s residential parks, commercial districts, and entertainment hubs.

“During the operation conducted in and around the city, a thorough inspection was conducted on a total of 483 individuals and 371 vehicles,” said Kuching deputy police chief Supt Merbin Lisa in a press release issued today.

He went on to say that the police seized three transparent plastic packets suspected to contain syabu-type (methamphetamine) drugs, with an estimated weight of 1.77 grams. All apprehended suspects have been detained for further investigation.

Merbin further noted that in a simultaneous effort, the Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Division carried out a ‘Op Mabuk’ on Jalan Laksamana Cheng Ho.

He added that a total of 92 vehicles, including 38 motorcycles, 45 motorbikes, and nine vans, underwent inspection, leading to the arrest of three local individuals for suspected drunkenness based on positive Evidential Breath Analyzer (EBA) tests.

Additionally, 17 summonses were issued for various traffic offenses during the operation.

“If there is any information on crime, drug, and traffic incidents, it can be channeled to the IPD Kuching Control Centre at 082-244444 or at the nearest police station,” Merbin remarked. — DayakDaily