Policeman's death triggers SOP review

Policeman's death triggers SOP review
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin.

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia - Police will be reviewing their standard operating procedure (SOP) for personnel out on duty.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin said a re-look at the SOP was necessary to prevent incidents that could cost police personnel their lives.

The impending review came in the wake of a case in Malacca on Monday, where a corporal was bludgeoned to death by a 17-year-old suspect, during an operation in Taman Teknologi Cheng.

"Police face risks every day, we take certain action based on the need and information we receive.

"Sometimes, no matter how careful we are in performing our duties, the risks remain high," he said at a press conference after launching a seminar for policewomen, here, yesterday.

Zal Azri Abdul Somad, 31, from the Crime Intelligence Division (D4), died at the scene due to head injuries believed to be inflicted by the suspect with a blunt object.

He and four policemen were on patrol in the industrial area when they spotted three people behaving suspiciously in the compound of a factory.

The deceased pursued one the suspects who fled the scene but was found dead 15 minutes later by the other officers.

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