Cops take Amanita plan to the next level

ACP Sasikala showing the Amanita logo during the press conference.

KUALA LUMPUR - Buoyed by the initial success of Amanita, the "peace-loving women" concept started last October to get the women and housewives in residential areas to be the eyes and ears of the lawkeepers, the police are taking the programme to the next level.

A trained policewoman will be assigned in each of the 167 police districts in the country to be the contact person these housewives can report to when they see any suspicious character or hear of crimes in their neighbourbood.

Project chief Asst Comm S. Sasi-kala Devi, who announced this, said to date 41 police officers have been trained in Penang, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Johor.

Officers in other states would be receiving their training from next month.

"We expect the officers to be fully trained by January," she told a press conference at the Bukit Aman police headquarters here yesterday.

ACP Sasikala said that after attending seminars and talks held under the initiative, many participants had given positive feedback. The seminars and talks touched on issues connected to narcotics, sexual crimes and commercial crime.

"We also had other events such as sports and educational events so that we get to know the neighbourhood," she said.

ACP Sasikala said that the programme would help create awareness and give the housewives safety tips and information on how to prevent crime.

Bukit Aman crime prevention department director Comm Datuk Ayub Yaakob said the women officers are trained to engage the housewives and get to know local issues plaguing the community.

Labelling Bukit Aman's latest initiative as a "soft approach" to combat crime, Comm Ayub said the officers would interact with the housewives through casual activities, such as playing netball, tai chi and other community programmes.

"During the fasting month, the Amanita officers held a bubur lambuk cooking activity with housewives in Selangor.

He said the response from the ground has been encouraging as the housewives welcomed the initiative and the chance to be actively involved in crime prevention.

Comm Ayub, formerly the police National Key Result Areas (NKRA) secretariat chairman, had reportedly said previously that Amanita recognised housewives who sometimes had important information which they discussed through their "window meetings".

The approach is to obtain information on crime which are not reported for certain reasons.