Friday, 22 March 2013

More ‘Safety Points’ for the Klang Valley

Police will expand the “Safety Point” programme, which involves private sector employees in fighting crime, to the rest of the Klang Valley by June.

Federal National Key Results Areas (NKRA) Secretariat chief Comm Datuk Ayub Yaakob said the pilot project was launched in Bukit Bintang recently.

He explained that the project, which ropes in seven 7-11 outlets and two Pos Malaysia branches, would enable victims of crime to get immediate assistance.

“The pilot project focuses on the Bukit Bintang area and involves some 40 personnel of the two companies.

“They will be trained to act as first responders to assist crime victims,” he said when contacted yesterday.

Comm Ayub added that police patrols in areas surrounding the outlets would also be increased.

“This is the latest initiative in our effort to boost engagement with the public ... and 24-hour outlets are the best option given that people can go there at any time,” he said, adding that such outlets were also fitted with CCTVs.

He said the next phase of the Safety Point programme should include more outlets, including petrol stations.

“It is our aim to expand it to the rest of the Klang Valley before implementing it nationwide.

“With the assistance of the outlets' personnel, police will be able to improve response time.”

He added that boosting cooperation between police and the private sector was part of the National Blue Ocean Strategy, aimed at increasing safety and security of the people.
Source : TheStar


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