Police must continue enhancing capabilities to face new crime threats

|     Azlan Othman     |

MINISTER at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah said that the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) will always face various challenges in law enforcement amidst the rapid advancement and increasing sophistication of technology.

This can be seen in the rise of non-traditional crimes such as cross-border crime and cybercrimes.

Speaking at the parade to mark the 98th anniversary of the RBPF at the Police Training Centre yesterday, Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew added that due to these reasons, the force must continue striving to enhance its capabilities and integrity through planning and formulating effective strategies to realise an excellent police force.

“The theme for this year’s celebration, ‘Together Forward Facing Challenges’ is very timely given the technological developments that have greatly changed trends in crime, which has now become very challenging and complex,” he said.

“As a law enforcement agency in Brunei Darussalam [tasked with ensuring] that the people are living in peace and prosperity, the RBPF is called upon to continue to play a role as a close partner and to work together in efforts to combat crime in the country.”

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah speaks at the event. – PHOTOS: AZLAN OTHMAN
The parade in progress at the Police Training Centre

The force, the minister said, has also established a network of partnerships with stakeholders and law enforcement agencies in an effort to strengthen the effectiveness of its services.

“The success of this collaboration can be seen through integrated operations that have been implemented, where the parties involved have been able to play a role based on their respective jurisdictions,” he said.

Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew also highlighted the success of the RBPF in hosting the 38th ASEAN Chiefs of Police (ASEANAPOL) Conference in September last year was a sign of its ability to organise international conferences.

ASEANAPOL is the largest police forum in the region, gathering all the chiefs of police from ASEANAPOL member countries and heads of delegation of Dialogue Partners and ASEANAPOL Observer Countries.

The conference has opened a new space in collaboration between regional and international police forces in the prevention and combatting of crime, while at the same time providing opportunities for cooperation in law enforcement capacity-building.

Other notable attendees at yesterday’s parade included Commissioner of Police Dato Paduka Seri Haji Mohd Jammy bin Haji Muhd Shah Al-Islam; Permanent Secretary (Security and Enforcement) at the PMO, Lieutenant Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Muhamad Sazali bin Pengiran Haji Yakob; Deputy Commissioner of Police Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Mohammad Irwan bin Haji Hambali; the former Commissioner of Police; and senior police officers.