Joint roadblock operation uncovers various offences

|     Danial Norjidi & Izah Azahari     |

THE Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF), in collaboration with the Royal Customs and Excise Department (RCED), Land Transport Department (JPD), Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and Immigration and National Registration Department (INRD), held a joint roadblock operation recently, targetting a number of locations in Brunei-Muara, Tutong and Belait districts.

The joint operation produced 80 compound fines and nine dockets fines under the RBPF, 18 offences under the RCED, 12 offences under JPD, and three offences under NCB, for Brunei-Muara District; 36 compound fines and one docket under the RBPF, three offences under RCED and two offences under INRD for Tutong District; and 12 compound fines under the RBPF for Belait District.

A total of 200 officers and personnel from the Traffic Control and Investigation Department (JSKLL) and police stations from the police districts, RBPF, as well as law enforcement agencies such as the JPD, RCED, INRD, NCB, and Religious Enforcement Division along with personnel from the Army Police, Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) were involved.

Acting Head of the Enforcement Unit cum Head of the JSKLL Patrol and Control Unit Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Pengiran Omar Ali bin Pengiran Haji Manshor led the joint operation in Brunei-Muara District, while the other districts were led by a number of JSKLL police officers carried out from 9pm to 4.30am.

Offences found during the joint operation included expired driver’s licence, vehicle modifications, not displaying road tax, uninsured vehicles, as well as possession of illegal items such as vapes and cigarettes.

The Royal Brunei Police Force personnel during the operation. – RBPF

It was hoped that the operation carried out will give guidance and awareness on the importance of abiding by the laws, as well as for the general public to play a proactive role as the eyes and ears for enforcement agencies through channelling useful information with the objective of curtailing criminal activities until the grassroots level in order to keep the peace, safety and harmony of the country.

Meanwhile, in another recent joint operation, 109 foreign nationals were inspected, which resulted in 13 foreign nationals being investigated by the INRD; 11 cases were found by the RCED; one case was found by the Labour Department; and one case was found by the Religious Enforcement Division.

The operation was carried out by the Law Enforcement Division of the INRD together with law enforcement agencies including the RBPF (Bandar Seri Begawan Police Station, Human Trafficking Investigation Unit, Interpol Unit and Criminal Intelligence Unit); RCED; NCB; Internal Security Department; Religious Enforcement Division and Labour Department, and involved 131 personnel.

According to a press release, the joint operation aimed to enforce acts and regulations related to the agencies, as well as to enforce the Trafficking and Smuggling of Persons Order.

The operation, which began at 11.50pm on July 9 and concluded at 2.45am on July 10, was carried out at two locations in Bandar Seri Begawan: rented houses at Simpang 67, Jalan Berangan, Kampong Berangan and rented rooms at Bangunan Kheng Lian Flat, Jalan Simpang.

The INRD and other enforcement agencies will continue to carry out operations independently or with other enforcement agencies.

The INRD also welcomed members of the public to share any information related to immigration offences by contacting the Immigration Enforcement hotline at 8753888 and 8734888.

Information and the name of the provider will be kept anonymous.