IPOH: PERAK police are prepared to face any eventuality during the 13th general elections.
"More than 8,000 officers and personnel across the state are prepared to be mobilised in the coming elections," said state police chief Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan.
"A portion of the new recruits have also been given training to ensure that they carry out their duties properly," he said at the state police contingent's monthly gathering, here, recently.
He said, this year, the Perak police contingent was part of the National Key Result Area (NKRA) initiative to reduce crime.
"Although the NKRA target is to reduce crime by five per cent, we hope to surpass the target by achieving the state's goal of reducing the crime rate by 10 per cent."
He said, last year, 1,457 people were arrested for drug related offences, compared with 1,365 in 2011.
"There was an increase in the number of commercial crime cases, but the amount in losses recorded dropped from RM172 million in 2011 to RM62 million," he said.
He advised the public to beware of offers which were too good to be true, as they were likely to be scams.
He said there were 8,535 crime cases between January and December last year, which was less than the 9,869 reported in 2011.
"The statistics for last year show a 13.5 per cent drop from 2011," said Shukri. The figures are a further drop from 2011 which recorded a 12.8 percent reduction in crime cases compared with 2010.
"Although there has been a spurt in the number of high profile cases, such as murders and kidnappings reported recently, some 70 per cent were solved by police."