Community leaders, police team up
THE revival of the neighbourhood watch continues across the country, with the police teaming up with community leaders of Kg Subok and Belimbing to conduct patrols around residential areas last night.
Over the past few months, several villages and sub-districts including Kampong Ayer, Mukim Gadong, and Sungai Liang have reactivated their neighbourhood watch – with the police aiming to utilise residents’ familiarity and expertise of their surroundings to assist the police in investigations and crime prevention.
Acting Officer-in-Charge of BSB’s police station, Inspector Mohammad Faizal Iswandy Ali, headed yesterday’s operation which involved 25 Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) personnel and nine citizens from Subok and Belimbing’s consultative council.
Inspector Mohd Faizal said the revival was directed by the Deputy Commissioner Police Hj Mohd Jammy Hj Muhd Shah Al Islam earlier in April this year.
“The time is right for the RBPF and the community to work together since the older neighbourhood watch has not been very active since 2008,” he said.
“The neighbourhood watch is important because it provides a link between the community and the police, allowing for us to have a productive relationship.
“We’ve received feedback from the public in the past, one of their concerns being that they don’t know how to channel any information that they have.”
The inspector also added the neighbourhood watch in the Subok and Belimbing area was timely, as statistics reveal the area is relatively prone to crimes in comparison to other villages in Brunei.
A short briefing was held at Belimbing’s community hall prior to the patrol last night, with attendees including the village head of Subok and the Penghulu of Mukim Kota Batu.
Two vans and several police cars then patrolled around residential areas in Belimbing and Subok, with members of the neighbourhood watch informing the police of small inroads and potential hot spots for crime.
No arrests were recorded.
The Brunei Times