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Police as a neighbour? Good idea. Expanding it?

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When I was younger, I was cycling in a housing area (we call it Taman) with my best friend and we passed by a police station which was one of the units within one whole row of houses. I said, “Hey, this is a great idea. A police station within this neighbourhood means it will be safer or at least if I am a criminal, I better think twice.” My best friend replied, “True but during war time, this will be the first to be targeted.” I laughed. Hopefully what he jokingly said will never happen yeah. Anyway, coming back to having some police friends staying within the development we currently stay in, that’s a good idea.

Article in edgeprop.my The plan to place police officers and personnel at People’s Housing Project (PPR) is welcomed. Government pensioner Mohd Sanusi Abd Rahim, 66, of PPR Intan Baiduri, Kepong, said “Apart from safeguarding public’s safety, the police can also offer advice to residents or to join the PPR’s community and to volunteer in PPR security team to ensure the well-being of the residents.”

On Sunday, Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim announced that police officers and personnel would be stationed at 38 PPR projects in the capital as an effort to combat crime. In the first phase, 27 residential units will be made available for the police in PPR Seri Alam, Seri Selangor, Seri Sabah, Desa Tun Razak, Intan Baiduri, Gombak Setia, Bukit Jalil, Seri Pantai, Pantai Ria, Desa Rejang, Air Panas, Wahyu, Beringin, Seri Semarak and Kampung Batu Muda. Please refer to the full article for more references: Article in edgeprop.my

Beyond just PPR, perhaps we can even get the developers to offer a limited number of units with a special price to the police force too. In this way, police officers could also become a resident too within those developments. For example, higher priced developments may be suitable for higher ranked police officers if they would like to stay in those developments.

Having police officers as neighbours will not suddenly stop all crime activities but that working relationship between the police and the public will become better. Information from the public could get to the police faster and easier and vice-versa too. My parents home in Ipoh for example had two police officer homes. One on the same row while another in the opposite row. There were so many things which could easily be confirmed with the police instead of us only hearing from some unconfirmed online news. Happy thinking about it.

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