LABUAN – Labuan police chief Adzhar Othman made history when he was promoted assistant commissioner of police (ACP), the highest rank attained by any police chief in the duty-free island, thus far.
Bernama learnt that keeping the crime index under control over the last five years in the country’s international financial centre here, likely garnered the 58-year-old crime buster the promotion early this month.
The rank marks a new era and recognition for the Labuan police force which has seen seven previous police chiefs.
Since its early establishment, the Labuan district police was always headed by a chief with the rank of superintendent – until Adzhar’s promotion.
The Labuan police have superseded the National Key Results Area (NKRA) and Interpol benchmarks in solving crime since 2015.
“I wish to thank the inspector-general of police and Sabah police chiefs that I have worked with throughout my 38 years in the force for their support.
“The promotion sends a message to the newest rookie (cop) right up to our most experienced professional that you can aspire to lead this organisation (police force).
“It is a huge responsibility when you move up the rank…for those of you who have or hold rank, you know what that means, and what it means to the organisation,” he told Bernama today.
He has been in the force since 1979, having served in various posts. As police chief in Labuan, he has dealt a severe blow to gambling syndicates and toned down the ‘mat rempit’ menace.
“My success has come from just being around with a group of people…the Labuan police station is a great organisation, and my success comes from the people who work with me,” he said.
Adzhar, from Kangar, Perlis thanked the Sabah police chief for the opportunity to continue to lead one of the finest police districts in the country.
“It is no secret that policing is one of noblest professions that a person can undertake. It has incredible rewards and responsibilities.
“To ensure the (crime) index continuously goes down, we require the support and cooperation from the community to work together with us.
“The truth is, we can only succeed in keeping our community safe by working with, for and through the community,” he said, thanking his wife and their three children for their support, and acknowledging the stress that a career in law enforcement could bring to a household.
“The hours, odd shifts, stress, missed holidays and birthdays and everything else that goes with this job takes a huge toll on family life, sometimes…but I’m so fortunate that I have such a great, supportive family.” – BERNAMA