TAWAU: School principals and headmasters can contact police officers appointed as School Liaison Officers (PPS) in their respective schools round the clock.
Tawau District Police chief, ACP Fadil Marsus said the school principals and headmasters need to be aggressive in curbing crime and negative elements among students to prevent them from getting involved in serious crimes.
“The principals should consider PPS as ‘teachers’ who can be contacted 24 hours in issues related to safety in school as it has to be managed jointly,” he said at a meeting with principals and headmasters and presentation of
appointment letters to PPS at Dewan SMK St. Patrick here, today.
At the event, a total of 164 police officers were appointed as PPS for 23 secondary schools and 59 for primary schools in Tawau district.
Fadil said the PPS should strive to be present at every school function to gather information on current development and should inform the principals should they go on leave.
“We want the PPS to function. Problematic students and teachers have to be identified so that preventive measures and solutions can be found. If the PPS have to visit the students at home, by all means do so. We want
to prevent crime among students,” he added.
Tawau comes only second after Kota Kinabalu district in terms of the highest crime index in Sabah with cases such as drugs, burglary and theft involving students.- BERNAMA