Monday, 30 July 2012

Rakan Cop to be beefed up for bigger role in GTP 2.0

SEREMBAN: The Rakan Cop programme will be beefed up as it is seen as the most effective initiative in reducing crime, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

He said that, for example, police had investigated 1,013 of 1,538 reports lodged by Rakan Cop through short messaging service (SMS) so far this month.

“The police are confident of Rakan Cop’s capability in relaying information and taking immediate action on reports.

“This shows the importance of Rakan Cop’s contribution in combating crime.

“In line with the Government Transformation Programme 2.0 Laboratory (GTP 2.0 Lab), efforts will be taken to improve and strengthen Rakan Cop,” he said during a walkabout in Taman Jasmin, Senawang here yesterday.

He said these include increasing Rakan Cop memberships, upgrading its computer hardware and software, enhancing co-ordination of the computer unit, intensifying promotions, and channelling crime information to members on a regular basis.

Launched in 2004, Rakan Cop now has 500,000 members nationwide with Perak having the largest membership followed by Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

On the walkabout, Hishammuddin said it was aimed at gathering information from the community on the actual situation on the ground and identifying problems in combating crime.

He said while Taman Jasmin’s neighbourhood condition and Rukun Tetangga were commendable, residents complained of poorly lit areas and problems posed by foreign workers.
Source : TheStar


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