Police to study ways to enhance service delivery, accessibility in rural areas

Dev speaking to reporters after the townhall session.

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By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, Nov 13: An in-depth study on the right mechanisms to enhance policing and its accessibility to the rural community will be carry out, says Deputy Police Commissioner of Sarawak Datuk Dev Kumar M M Sree.

Met by reporters after a ‘townhall discussion’ session today (Wednesday) at the Sarawak Islamic Complex here, he opined the right mechanism will ensure effective police service delivery to the community.

“We want to carry out a study on the best way we can deliver our services to the community,” he disclosed.

He said, amongst the solutions, perhaps they would re-locate investigation officers (I.O) to smaller areas.

Citing areas such as Batu Niah and Bekenu in Miri, he opined relocating an I.O to these areas might help solve the problem.

“We will look into ways to solve the situation….Sarawak is unique, we have a lot of rural police stations, and in order to make the process smooth, whenever the rural community approaches us to lodge police reports… we need to find the right mechanism on how to solve the situation,” he said.

Police personnel and townhall session participants pose for a group photo.

Meanwhile, in response to allegations of misconduct involving Bekenu police personnel from ‘Townhall’ session participants, Dev emphasised that he would conduct an investigation into the allegations.

He was representing Sarawak Police Commisioner Datuk Azman Yusof to launch the townhall session.

“We will look through the allegations made, whether that’s true or not,” he quipped.

He also reminded the public not to simply make accusations, unless they could provide solid details on the alleged misconduct.

“It would be not fair for us (police force) if the public simply accused us but no details on the alleged misconducts are provided. It’s not that I’m not encouraging the public to report any misconducts from my men, but please provide us with the details, so that we can carry out investigations,” he said.

Nearly 200 participants attended the session.

Also present was Miri police chief ACP Lim Meng Seah. — DayakDaily