POLICE: Heavy escort needed when handling dangerous criminals
I REFER to your report "Escaped detainee a dangerous man" (NST, April 11).
I read with concern how a known dangerous detainee, and a potential escapee, could have escaped while being escorted by policemen.
Knowing that he was dangerous and had attempted to escape from the Jinjang police station last year, the police should have taken extra precautionary measures to bring him under heavy escort.
After a Mamak Gang detainee, also a dangerous criminal, escaped while being escorted by four policemen in July 2008, the police promised to investigate the case and punish those responsible for the negligence.
The police chief will now promise that such an incident will not happen again.
Negligence breeds opportunity and, in this case, it is obvious that the detainee escaped because of a lack of security.
It should be remembered that escaping is always on the minds of detained criminals. It is the duty of escorting officers to make sure that they don't. This is better than sending 100 policemen and tracker dogs to hunt for an escapee for it is a waste of time, manpower and money.