Bukit Aman police planning to set up drone unit

Bukit Aman police planning to set up drone unit
Police are exploring the use of drones in public disorder incidents. The drones will have strobe lights, sirens and high-definition cameras to record and stream live footage.

SHAH ALAM - Bukit Aman is looking to set up an aerial surveillance unit using unmanned aerial vehicles, popularly known as drones, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

"The drones can give us better surveillance," said Khalid, who added that other than just increasing manpower, the police would be using technology to boost its policing capabilities.

"Don't worry, the drones will not be fitted with missiles, but only a camera," he said during an online chat session Santai With IGP (Relaxing with IGP) organised by Yayasan Pengaman Malaysia here yesterday.

He added that the deployment of the drones could save manpo­wer while ensuring the streets were patrolled more thoroughly.

Asked by one of the participants on the status of controversial blogger Alvin Tan, Khalid said the United States was now more positive in co-operating with the police after Tan touched on religious matters in his latest social media posting.

"They have not detained him but they have warned him not to raise religious issues," said the nation's top cop.

Khalid also touched on paedophi­lia, revealing that while the police had a database of convicted felons, there was no specific database for paedophiles or other sexual offen­ders.

"The database is only for our own use. All convicted felons will be recorded.

"After their release, local police will be informed so they can be monitored," he said.

While Malaysia could certainly introduce a sex offender register for public use like the US model, laws need to be amended first before such a registry could be introduced, said Khalid, who fielded questions in a relaxed manner during the session that lasted slightly more than an hour.

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