Malaysians study po­lice strat­egy

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - South East Metro - Emma Young

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.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

SAC Dato’ Sham­siah Bt. Mohd. Shar­iff (Royal Malaysia Po­lice) with In­spec­tor Mark Ri­d­ley at the Can­ning­ton sta­tion as part of their WA tour.

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