Com­mu­nity polic­ing will en­hance se­cu­rity at Sibu Jaya

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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

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