Saturday, 19 January 2013

Police to review handcuff SOP

Police are looking to review and revamp its Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on the handcuffing of detainees in light of the recent escape cases in Penang and the Klang Valley.

Federal CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin said they were studying the SOP to see if this could be further improved.

“In my opinion, the current SOP to handcuff detainees in the back is good but we must ensure that everyone is following it.

“Nonetheless, we will look to see how this can be further improved,” he said after attending a seminar for state police chiefs and CID chiefs at Sogo shopping complex here yesterday.

The policemen on duty in the escape cases, said Comm Mohd Bakri, had also been suspended pending disciplinary action.

“Our disciplinary unit is investigating these cases. The policemen on duty will be penalised on a case-by-case basis,” he said, adding that authorities were still on the hunt for two fugitives who had earlier escaped from police custody in Butterworth.

“I was told by Penang police chief (Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi) that they have new leads in the case.

“We are confident that the two men will be re-arrested soon.”

On Jan 7, seven detainees were on their way to the Butterworth court complex in a police van when they threw chilli powder at the policemen guarding them and escaped with the vehicle.

Two detainees were subsequently shot dead, three others were arrested while two remained at large.

In Selangor, a murder suspect, who fled from a court in Klang on Dec 26 was re-arrested after police raided a house in Malacca on Jan 1.

On Dec 4, three foreigners who were to be charged with burglary and a drug offence managed to escape from police custody while on their way to the Petaling Jaya court on Dec 4.



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