Cops con­duct drill at Bukit Jalil sta­dium

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KUALA LUMPUR: Po­lice yes­ter­day con­ducted their first se­cu­rity drill at the Bukit Jalil Na­tional Sta­dium as prepa­ra­tions for the up­com­ing 2017 South­east Asian (Sea) Games in Au­gust.

City po­lice chief Datuk Amar Singh said sim­i­lar drills, dubbed “Lati­hamal Ex-Ri­mau 2017”, would also be held else­where.

“Un­der the in­struc­tion of the in­spec­tor-gen­eral of po­lice, five se­cu­rity drills are slated to be held ahead of the Sea Games.

“The drill will be held again at the na­tional sta­dium, fol­lowed by three more at the KLCC mosque, Na­tional Sail­ing Cen­tre in Langkawi and In­ter­na­tional En­durance Park in Tereng­ganu,” he said af­ter the first drill yes­ter­day.

Amar said the ex­er­cises cov­ered five sce­nar­ios, in­clud­ing VIP evac­u­a­tion, bomb threats, par­tial build­ing col­lapse and armed mil­i­tant at­tacks.

Apart from the drill, he said, scan­ners would be in­stalled at ev­ery en­trance of the venues.

He said among the goals of the Ex-Ri­mau drills were to test the abil­ity of the cri­sis re­sponse team, its ef­fec­tive­ness in ex­e­cut­ing plans and the force’s re­ac­tion time to pos­si­ble threats.

The ex­er­cise, Amar said, was also held to train per­son­nel on how to face pos­si­ble crises dur­ing an in­ter­na­tional sport­ing event.

“Po­lice will not hes­i­tate to take stern ac­tion against par­ties that threaten pub­lic or­der dur­ing Sea Games,” he said, adding that he was sat­is­fied with yes­ter­day’s ex­er­cise and the force was pre­pared to face any even­tu­al­i­ties.

A to­tal of 350 po­lice per­son­nel from the bomb dis­posal unit, Spe­cial Ac­tion Unit, Vat 69 com­man­dos, Air Wing, Gen­eral Op­er­a­tion Force, K9 and Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions De­part­ment, were in­volved in yes­ter­day’s ex­er­cise.

Amar said this was an internal drill and other agen­cies, such as the Civil De­fence De­part­ment, Fire and Res­cue De­part­ment, Health De­part­ment and Te­naga Na­sional Bhd, would join the next ex­er­cise.

BERNAMA PIC

Po­lice­men con­duct­ing ma­noeu­vres dur­ing the ‘Lati­hamal Ex-Ri­mau 2017’ drill at Bukit Jalil Na­tional Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

Datuk Amar Singh

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