SAFER ENVIRONMENT: Almost 1,000 auxiliary police officers will join policemen to keep streets crime-free
GEORGE TOWN: THE people of Penang should feel safer with the increase police presence as nearly 1,000 auxiliary police officers will work hand in hand with policemen to keep the streets free of crime.
State police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi said the project with 982 auxiliary policemen from 12 agencies will be placed at certain hotspots. He said the policemen will go on patrol in a radius of two to four kilometres for four hours.
"We want to provide the community with policing that is world-class," said Rahim.
He added that the patrols had already begun on Aug 25 involving all five police districts in the state (see table).
On a different note, Rahim said the state's crime rate had dropped to 18 per cent for the period of January to August this year compared with the same period last year.
"Despite the reduction, we are working on more ways to reduce crime, to give people the confidence that we are with them wherever they go," he said.
Rahim said this at the Auxiliary Police with the Penang Police Omnipresence launch at the Tanjong City Marina in Pengkalan Weld yesterday.