Malaysians study police strategy
NEWS of the Frontline 2020 policing method rolled out across WA has crossed the seas, with a delegation of Malaysian police officers visiting Perth last week to see how our police work.
Eight Royal Malaysia Police officers visited Perth for a 12-day study tour of key WA policing locations including the Perth Airport.
Other stops included the South East Metropolitan District office in Cannington, Gosnells Police Station, a Wheatbelt station, Joondalup Police Academy, Perth Watch House, the Maylands major incident centre and the police communications centre.
Spokeswoman Sac Dato Shamsiah Bt Mohd Shariff said the fellow officers she had brought with her had all won their places after a competing to prove they were from Malaysia’s bestfunctioning stations.
“This trip will provide our officers-incharge with an opportu- nity to learn about best practices in community policing, as well as acknowledge and reward them for their performances,” she said.
“It will broaden their perspective … we will be able to adopt some of these and share our experiences with the rest of our personnel in Malaysia.
“We are especially interested in how the performance of police is measured in WA and the new methods of preventing crime.”
District Inspector Mark Ridley said he valued the chance to meet the Malaysian delegation and exchange ideas, particularly those on community engagement.
“I’ve got a couple of ideas already,” he said.
“Their involvement of business in community safety is absolutely fantastic.”
Despite the Malaysians’ whirlwind schedule, there was some time set aside to experience Perth’s other highlights, such as dinner at Fraser’s in King’s Park. This was enabled by separating officers into four distinct roles, starting with a Cannington-based control team which assigns calls to either detectives (Kensington and Armadalebased), urgent response teams (Cannington and Armadale-based) and local police teams (each individual district station). Local teams, freed from continuous emergency work, can focus on crime prevention. Each covers only a few suburbs, residents of which can call their local teams via dedicated mobile phones to discuss area-specific issues.
SAC Dato’ Shamsiah Bt. Mohd. Shariff (Royal Malaysia Police) with Inspector Mark Ridley at the Cannington station as part of their WA tour.