Community policing the way to go

The patrol team inspects premises and houses in the village to ensure Covid-19 SOPs compliance.

KUCHING: The Kampung Masjid village safety and development committee (JKKK) and the Kuching Central Police station worked hand in hand to ensure the compliance of Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) among the villagers.

On Saturday evening, a patrol team comprising JKKK members and the police, led by station chief ASP Ahmad Abang conducted a community policing exercise at food outlets in Kampung Masjid.

“We visited numerous food establishments and advised operators to comply with the conditional movement control order (CMCO) SOPs, sitting arrangement of patrons as well as the mandatory closing time of businesses.

“We also advised patrons to scan the QR code through MySejahtera to ease contact tracing when there are outbreaks happening at the premises,” a spokesperson for the JKKK said when contacted today (Jan 31).

The patrol proceeded to monitor the situation through the divisional mosque graveyard lane and towards the Kuching Waterfront.

“No vandalism was detected except for two street spot lights which were defective and was duly reported to the Kuching North City Hall (DBKU)”.

The spokesperson said the lights near the waterfront wall were purposely switched off due to the recent king tide incident to avoid short circuits and will be reactivated once the situation subsides.

The team also approached and inspected a few houses for illegal migrants and susceptible characters prior to continuing their patrol towards Carpenter Street.

“It is noticeable that community policing is an effective tool to get community to be the ears and eyes of the (enforcement) agency.

“This is to minimise vandalism and prevent unnecessary loitering by youths during this pandemic”.

Also present during the patrol were Penghulu Iskandar Landau, JKKK member Razak Dol and volunteers.