25 March 2010
Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan reported that the national crime index has fallen by 13.2% for the first two months of this year due to increased police presence in hotspots and assistance from the Civil Defence Department and Rela.
He said this is in line with the force’s target to reduce crime by 20% at the end of this year in accordance to the National Key Result Areas set earlier. 20,000 police officers have been assigned to the hotspots and 90 mobile police stations have been set up for providing presence and operations.
Marine police is now made up of 2,470 officers deployed over 39 bases that help to monitor the Malaysian coast. 25 are in the Peninsular while 14 are in Sabah and Sarawak.
Musa said in 2009, the marine police conducted 3,752 arrests and seized illegal goods worth RM34 million. This was compared to 4,128 arrests RM30 million worth of goods seized the year before.
Straits Times Online, The – IGP: Big dip in crime rate