LABUAN – Labuan police has formed a new patrol unit to effectively address crime in the duty-free-island.
The Motorcycling Patrol Unit (MPU) will be tasked to conduct patrolling at least 16 to 24 hours daily with housing estates being its main focus, said Labuan police chief Supt Adzhar Othman.
“It will complement the community policing programmes. We hope we will be able to deliver to the people’s expectation,” he told reporters after flagging off the patrol unit at the Labuan District Police compound today.
He said various programmes were being drawn up to create awareness among residents including school children and students of higher learning institutions, on crime prevention.
“We need to get people to be with us in minimising crime. Labuan’s image as a business and economic-based destination must be safeguarded in the interest of the people and the nation,” he said.
Adzhar said house break-in cases have increased slightly since January this year.
“We are also looking at drug trafficking and abuse. We must get to the bottom of it. Curbing illegal activities to reduce the crime index remains our objective,” he said.
He said Labuan police’s anti-narcotics team had set up its own intelligence unit to combat such crimes. – BERNAMA