Friday, 3 August 2012

More Klang Valley malls to have auxiliary cops

PETALING JAYA: More shopping malls in the Klang Valley are set to have auxiliary police present in their premises to help prevent crime.

While some shopping malls like Suria KLCC and Sunway Pyramid already have auxiliary police in place, more are applying to have their security personnel trained to upgrade security.

Among the latest malls that will have 40 auxiliary police on duty is Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.

“We have recruited 40 people who have experience in security matters, such as ex-policemen, to be sent for the auxiliary police training,” said Pavilion chief executive officer Joyce Yap.

Yap said the mall has more than 150 security personnel.

Pavilion head of security Datuk Gingkoi Seman Pancras said the auxiliary policemen trained for them will only be working for them and will start at the end of next week.

MidValley City Sdn Berhad assistant public relations manager Stephanie Tan said the company was also applying for 50 of its personnel to be given auxiliary police training.

“We have submitted our application to the police,” she said.

On Tuesday, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Abu Seman Yusop had announced that these auxiliary police personnel would be allowed to carry and use firearms in their duties, unlike normal guards.

They will also be empowered to carry out searches on suspects.

However, they are not allowed to carry out interrogations and are required to hand any one detained to the police for further action.

Shopping malls will propose a list of personnel they wish to send for training, and the list would be vetted by police before being accepted.

City police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohmad Salleh confirmed that Pavilion Kuala Lumpur would have 40 auxiliary police personnel on duty next week.

“Currently KL Sentral and KLCC have auxiliary police personnel on duty there while Midvalley Megamall has already applied to Bukit Aman to train its personnel as well,” he said.

Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Arjunaidi Mohamed said police presence has been increased in shopping malls including at One Utama and The Curve.

“We have also enlisted the help of the Federal Reserve Unit to join us on patrols,” he said, adding that patrols would focus mainly at the mall car parks as well as commercial areas.

Meanwhile, Selangor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah added that the i-City mall in Klang has just applied to have its personnel trained.

Source : Click


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