JOHOR BARU: The Men In Black (MIB) have been given the thumbs-up by Johor police chief Comm Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd.
They are not the MIB moviegoers are familiar with - although they also protect the innocent from menaces to society.
They are actually a select team of police officers who patrol the streets of Johor.
Comm Wan Ahmad pointed out that since the MIB teams started their patrols two months ago, they had received positive feedback from the public and contributed to a decrease in the crime rate.
For the first six months of the year, the state recorded a 6 per cent decrease in crime compared with the corresponding period last year.
As such, Comm Wan Ahmad said the MIB would continue to patrol places of interest throughout the state.
"I am very happy that the MIB have achieved their targets and that their presence gives the public confidence in the force," he told the media after attending a high-profile policing programme at Johor Baru City Square and Komtar JBCC here on Monday.
He added that more than 1,000 officers were picked from across the state for the MIB.
They work in shifts with their main patrol areas being business centres and places of high interest such as shopping malls.
"We will continue with the MIB programme as it is working really well," he added.
The MIB also patrol high security areas such as Senai International Airport, ferry terminals, the Causeway and Second Link.
Besides stopping criminals, they also keep a lookout for possible terror activities.