4 Tutong villages aim to step up community policing
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
FOUR villages in Tutong’s Mukim Tanjong Maya are stepping up community policing efforts to improve safety under its neighbourhood watch programme.
The villages recently submitted about 100 names of people to be sent for training by law enforcement agencies, said Penghulu of Mukim Tanjong Maya Hj Abd Wahab Apong.
The move aims to seek the agencies’ assistance to provide training in crime prevention or protection of its residents.
Hj Abd Wahab said villagers were advised to submit their names to the Tutong District Office to receive public safety training following their previous meeting with members of the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF).
“We are waiting for the district office’s decision on what steps can be taken to get training courses and briefings on how to carry out the duties of the village neighbourhood watch,” the penghulu said in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.
He hoped members of the village neighbourhood watch would be equipped with proper knowledge, and work together with the relevant government agencies to carry out their tasks in accordance with the law.
In a report earlier this year, grassroots leaders had said proper guidelines and training need to be given for villages to set up a neighbourhood watch to fight crimes effectively.
Legislative Council (LegCo) member Yang Berhormat Hj Mohd Shafiee Ahmad had said cooperation among relevant agencies and village chiefs is necessary to ensure the neighbourhood watch is effective.
About 4,000 people reside in Mukim Tanjong Maya, spread out in four villages comprising Kg Tanjong Maya, Kg Lubok Pulau, Kg Penapar and Kg Bukit Udal.
Previously, residents of the mukim have worked closely with the government agencies to ensure the safety of the people by attending briefings.
The Brunei Times