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KUALA LUMPUR: Pavilion shopping mall will be the latest operator in the Klang Valley to have auxiliary policemen patrolling its premises after 21 employees graduated from the police training centre in Jalan Semarak yesterday.
A total of 92 auxiliary policemen from Public Bank, Tabung Haji and Pavilion graduated from the police training centre yesterday after undergoing nine weeks of basic police training.
Pavilion is one of four shopping malls to utilise the services of auxiliary policemen in upgrading security measures at its premises and car parks. The other shopping malls are Sunway Pyramid, Tropicana City Mall and Suria KLCC.
Other shopping mall operators have been called to follow suit by sending their security personnel to be trained as auxiliary policemen and help allay the security concerns of customers.
Training centre commandant Senior Assistant Commissioner Zulkifli Mohamed said the 92 graduates had been taught basic legal knowledge, self-defence and physical discipline.
“This is the third batch of auxiliary policemen to graduate from the training centre this year, bringing the total number to about 300. The previous two batches were guards at Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas), Astro, Tenaga Nasional Berhad and Malaysia Airports Berhad.”
Addressing the graduates, mostly in their 20s, Zulkifli told them to remember the values which they were taught in and out of the classroom and to be honest in carrying out their responsibilities.
“Do not stray. Corruption, drug abuse and abuse of power will not only tarnish the reputation of your employers but the police force as well,” he said.
“You can also be counted as one of the front-liners in crime prevention as you will be the eyes and ears of the regular policemen.”
Those who wished to send their security guards for training have to get clearance from Federal police in Bukit Aman as their background has to be vetted.
Not all guards sent by their respective agencies will be picked for training as there is a strict process to be followed before the applicants can be accepted.
Under the Police Act 1967 and Police (Auxiliary Police) Regulations 1970, auxiliary cops were allowed to carry and use firearms in their duties, unlike normal guards.
Auxiliary policemen are empowered to make arrests but have no power to carry out interrogations. The detainees have to be surrendered to regular police for further action.
There are currently about 16,173 auxiliary police personnel employed by 109 agencies in the country, with 4,263 in Kuala Lumpur. It is learnt that the nine-week training costs RM4,000 per person, which is borne by the guards’ respective employers.