STRICT PROCESS: Those accepted undergo nine-week course at Pulapol
KUALA LUMPUR; SECURITY guards are vetted thoroughly by police before they are sent for auxiliary police training.
Federal Police Management chief Datuk Mortadza Nazarene said not all guards sent by their agencies will be picked for training.
"We have to follow a strict process before they can be accepted for training," he said at the Police Training Centre (Pulapol) here yesterday.
He said 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.
"They can make arrests but have no power to carry out interrogations. They have to surrender the detainees to the police for further action."
Mortadza said the training period for auxiliary cops was nine weeks in Pulapol, where trainees go through the same but concise version of police training.
"We train them in discipline, martial arts and to be sensitive to their surroundings."
It is learnt that there are 16,173 auxiliary police personnel working for 109 agencies in the country, with 4,263 in Kuala Lumpur.
In Pulapol, 97 auxiliary police trainees are expected to graduate on Aug 10.
At least 22 of them are from the Pavilion shopping centre where they will be handling the security.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein had said that at least four shopping centres in the city would be using the service of these auxiliary policemen.
It was reported that he hoped more shopping centres would follow suit and send their security personnel for auxiliary police training.
It is learnt that the nine-week training costs RM4,000 per person, which is borne by the respective agencies.