SEMENYIH - The police are not just busting crime - they are cracking down on their electricity bills now.
The force, which employs 120,000 officers, said energy leakages were abundant in their stations which have to run 24-hours every day but all that was about to change.
Bukit Aman Strategic Resources and Technology director Comm Datuk Zulkifli Abdullah said it was looking to retrofit several police stations and state headquarters with energy efficient lighting and air-conditioning units in a bid to save electricity costs.
"We started a pilot project at the Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) police station late last year and converted this old station into the country's first green station.
"We managed to save 3 per cent on electricity and it even got a three-star rating from the Public Works Department for energy efficiency.
"It may not seem much now and definitely, at the beginning, money has to be spent on environmentally-friendly equipment but in the long run, it can make a big difference when enough stations take this up," he said, adding that the Malacca state headquarters and the Serdang district headquarters would be next in the "green station" project.
Bukit Aman, said Comm Zulkifli, had managed to shave RM20,000 off its annual electricity bill by simply installing a software in its 35,000 computers which put the screens into hibernation mode after several minutes of inactivity.
"We are also looking to implement a solar energy project at several island stations in Sabah, which are using diesel generators for power.
"We will start with Pulau Mabul, where we expect to cut diesel usage by 70 per cent."
He said Bukit Aman would ask for RM10mil under the national Budget for the procurement of energy efficient police vehicles and equipment next year.
"We are doing this because the police force is a very large organisation and if we are all involved, it could have a big impact and raise enough awareness in the community," said Comm Zulkifli after a gotong-royong do at Broga Hill yesterday.
He had earlier led officers from his department and the Kajang police in a sweep for rubbish at the tourist hotspot following public complaints.
Officers bagged discarded cigarette butts and boxes, aluminium cans and water bottles, and even old shoes in the bushes as they hiked up the hill.