| James Kon |
THE Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) yesterday was reminded to stay one or two steps ahead in confronting professional criminals, including cybercriminals, whose illegal activities know no limit.
The message came from Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office, Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Awang Hj Mohammad Yasmin bin Hj Umar, in his address as the guest of honour at the 94th Police Day celebration held at the RBPF headquarters in Gadong.
On combating professional criminals, Pehin Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Awang Hj Mohammad Yasmin also stressed on the importance of strengthening cooperation with cross-border enforcement agencies like ASEANAPOL and Interpol.
Earlier in his speech, the guest of honour also addressed three vital aspects that the RBPF must possess, which are presence, effectiveness and sincerity in carrying out duties.
Describing the aspect of presence, he said, “When we mention presence, it includes strategies to enhance the force’s visibility through police patrols and campaigns with the local community. This is an important aspect, as residents will feel safe with the presence of police personnel in villages or other places.”
Presence, he continued, “is closely tied with the second aspect, which is to ensure effectiveness in the implementation of tasks.
“RBPF’s effectiveness in carrying out duties is constantly assessed by the community through the reduction in the number of crimes. From here, the contribution of control posts, police posts and equipment like CCTVs in boosting the presence of the RBPF are undeniable”.
While sincerity, he said, “comes from the blessing of Allah the Almighty in implementing tasks with piety, and is a strong motivator for us as individuals to be prepared to carry out duties with honesty”.
Also present were Commissioner of Police, Dato Paduka Seri Bahrin bin Mohd Noor; Permanent Secretary (Security and Enforcement) at the Prime Minister’s Office, Dato Paduka Hj Hamdan bin Hj Abu Bakar; Deputy Commissioner of Police, Hj Mohd Jammy bin Hj Mohd Shah Al-Islam as well as other senior police personnel.
The minister also inspected the Police Day parade, comprising some 800 personnel in 15 contingents.
The guest of honour also pre-sented certificates of commendation to 20 individuals who have provided assistance to the RBPF in cases that have led to convictions.
The recipients of the certificates of commendation for the success in cases of Illegal Possession of Homemade Firearm as well as break-in were ANO II Hamdani bin Madil, ANO I Hadziu bin Hj Suhaile, ANO II Mashudy bin Mohammad, ANO II Md Nurfadilah bin Hj Simail, ANO II Abd Halim bin Abd Rahman and ANO II Mardihiah binti Abu Bakar from Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).
For the successful prosecution of a cable theft and vandalism case, Daniel Liew, Muamar bin Hj Ibrahim, Samsul bin Hj Barudin, Ramli bin Hj Amba and Hj Haris bin Hj Tamam from DST received their certificates of commendation, along with Pg Rozaini bin Pg Hj Bakar and Morsidi bin Hj Abdullah from TelBru.
S/Sgt Baha bin Hj Damit received a certificate of commendation for the success in a murder case, bomb extortion case, house break-in, car theft and robbery case, while L/Kpl Liew Chee Chian received a certificate of commendation for closing cases, commendation from prosecutors and skills in numerous languages.
Sgt Joefry Anak Usah, Kpl Shahruddin bin Abdullah Omping, L/Kpl Azhar bin Azamain and L/Kpl Sufri Norhadi bin Ramli from the Sungai Liang Police station received certificates of commendation for the successful prosecution of a cable theft case, car theft and burglary.