Community policing will enhance security at Sibu Jaya
SIBU: The Sibu Rural District Council’s ( SRDC) soon-to-be launched community policing is vital to help police enhance security at Sibu Jaya township.
SRDC chairman Sempurai Petrus Ngelai said community policing could also help strengthen social cohesiveness as it’s not just helping to curb crime.
He said this yesterday when asked whether the community policing to be launched in Sibu Jaya would be expanded to other zones or areas under their jurisdiction.
Minister of Local Government Datuk Dr Sim Hui Kian will launch the Community Policing on Feb 22 at Sibu Jaya Town Square.
“The main aim is to galvanise public effort to work with the police to fight crime and enhance security in Sibu Jaya. Community policing is the eye and ear of the council in its efforts to enhance services and improve the service delivery system.
“Members of the community policing unit can play a bigger role in providing information to the council first hand rather than we receiving the complaints from members of the public.
“For example, community policing unit can report to the council directly if there are problems such as blocked drains, rubbish not collected, damaged roads and so on. They can directly channel information to the councillors or council staff,” he said.
Sempurai added that he could see community policing concept of looking after their own community as a very important concept. He said interaction among neighbours was getting less these days and in fact they did not even recognise their neighbours.
He said with interaction between neighbours through community policing activities, it is hoped that ‘ knowing your neighbours concept’ could be expanded through community policing.
“Yes, we will assist the Community Policing Association to expand to other zones under SRDC jurisdiction this year.
“What is important is the bond between the people, police and the council in the community policing together with other non- governmental organisations (NGOs), housing committee, KRT (neighbourhood watch) and others,” Sempurai said.
Sempurai Petrus Ngelai