Crime fighters to get RM4.9b

Source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2006/9/2/nation/15316692&sec=nation

Saturday September 2, 2006

Crime fighters to get RM4.9b

THE police force will be given RM4.9bil for them to operate more efficiently.

The Government will also set up the Command, Control, Communication and Computerisation for Information Programme to install CCTVs in crime-prone areas.

Besides that, the police force will be given 2,000 extra patrol cars to improve security and boost public confidence.

The Government will also create 3,000 new vacancies for police drivers and increase the existing allowance for police personnel who use their own motorcycles from RM80 to RM120 per month.

On top of that, the police will also be among the recipients of the 46,000 units of government quarters allocated for uniformed services personnel.

The police have pledged to serve the public better following the RM4.9bil allocation.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said the allocation would be used wisely to ensure all sectors in the force benefited from it.

I personally would like to thank the Government, especially Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, for his continued support in ensuring we are not left behind in terms of development, he said.

The allocation will allow us to better plan our strategies and also to see to the needs of our men who need quarters, especially in major and expanding townships.

Musa said the additional patrol cars and the hiring of drivers would greatly enhance policing in crime-prone areas.

He said it was the police forces wish to have as many policemen as possible patrolling the streets.

Meanwhile, Bukit Aman Internal Security and Public Order director Comm Datuk Mustaffa Abdullah said the Governments move to link CCTVs with the Command, Control, Communication and Computerisation for Information (C4I) would complement crime prevention efforts.

We will now be able to monitor crime around the clock and deploy men faster.

We have been wanting this for a very long time and the announcement today (yesterday) is timely in view of the current crime situation in the country, he said.

Comm Mustaffa also welcomed the deployment of additional patrol cars as vehicles played a very important part in modern day policing.

When there are more vehicles, more men can be deployed for crime prevention purposes.

More vehicles would also mean that policemen would be able to react faster as well as more efficiently in an emergency, he said.