Elite squad set up to target organised crime

Elite squad set up to target organised crime
Senior police officers and other stakeholders attending the crime prevention forum in Petaling Jaya.

PETALING JAYA - The police have formed a special squad of 400 highly-trained officers to target drug kingpins and the big players in organised and serious crimes.

As the crackdown on crime continues, Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi also revealed that a new preventive law is in the pipeline to empower the police.

After launching a forum on crime prevention here yesterday, he told reporters that the squad, comprising two teams, was the creme de la creme of the force.

He added that the Bukit Aman squad, led by a police commissioner, would act without having to report to state and district police headquarters.

"The squad will hit the drug syndicates and the underworld without warning," he said.

"It will have wide jurisdiction and is authorised to bypass state and district police. It will work separately from Bukit Aman's Narcotics Department."

Ahmad Zahid said his ministry was bent on changing the false perception that police were in cahoots with the underworld.

"It is not that we do not trust the state or district police chiefs but we want to rectify the false perception that policemen are corrupt," he said.

"The police are colour blind when it comes to fighting crime. I have the utmost confidence the squad will produce results."

He said the ministry was aware of criticisms that police only caught petty drug distributors and addicts, and gave an assurance that the perception that "big fish" often escaped would end with the setting up of the special squad.

"We are being proactive, and we already have a list of hot spots that will be targeted," he said.

While recognising that rehabilitation was a good way to solve the drug problem, Ahmad Zahid said the ministry wanted to tackle it at the source.

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