New Straits Times
Police, soldiers start joint patrols in Johor Baru tomorrow
STARTING tomorrow, police will hold joint patrols with the Malaysian Armed Forces in three main areas of Johor Baru city centre.
This initiative is part of the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) which involves the police and military cooperating, sharing facilities and having joint patrols.
State police chief Datuk Mokhtar Shariff said the cooperative effort between the agencies would start off with patrols to beef-up police presence in the Setia Indah, Pelangi Indah and Johor Jaya police stations.
“Setia Indah and Pelangi Indah will be under the Johor Baru South police district, while the Johor Jaya stations will be under the Seri Alam police district.
“The joint patrols will involve 24 policemen and 12 from the Military Police Corps,” he said at the Johor police contingent headquarters.
For a start, Mokhtar said, the joint patrols would involve a ratio of one soldier to two policemen. He said they would take part in beat duties, motorcycle patrols, mobile police vehicle patrols and other duties.
NBOS, which was initiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in March, is intended to reduce crime, rehabilitate prison inmates at army camps, provide household assistance, ensure rural water supply and optimise usage of vacant armed forces land for agriculture. The strategy has proven effective, especially in crime prevention and policing duties.
In the future, Mokhtar said cooperation between the armed forces and police would extend to sharing facilities and recruitment of military personnel into police ranks.
“So far, the programme of joint patrols has been carried out successfully by the Perak and Negri Sembilan police,” he said, adding that other areas of joint community policing with the armed forces were in the pipeline.