LABUAN: – Labuan police are to extend community policing to all villages and schools on the island this year, prompted by the reduction
of the crime index by over 10 per cent last year in areas with a high crime rate.
Labuan Police chief Supt Adzhar Othman today attributed the decline by 10.14 per cent in the overall crime index on the duty-free island between January and November last year compared to 2013 to community policing in residential areas and villages with a high crime rate.
“The decline is a result of the community policing that has enabled the police and community to work together in combating crime holistically and
aggressively,” he told Bernama.
Adzhar said programmes and events continued to be held with the cooperation of village chiefs to help create effective partnerships with the community to identify and address crime and social disorder.
“Community policing focuses on crime and social disorder through the delivery of police services that include aspects of traditional law enforcement
as well as prevention, problem-solving, community engagement and partnerships,” he said.
Adzhar said 186 cases of crime were reported between January and November last year, down from the 207 in the first 11 months of 2013. Of the 186 cases, 167 were property crimes and 19, violent crimes, he added.
He also said that 82 of the cases reported last year had been resolved, five more than the 77 resolved in 2013.
“I am focusing more on primary and secondary schools as pupils and students need guidance to stay away from crimes related to drugs, gangsterism, bullying, among others.
“This year, we will enhance our community-oriented policing or engagement programmes with the students,” he said.
Adzhar advised village chiefs to cooperate by studying the problems related to crime in their respective villages. – BERNAMA