KUCHING - Sarawak police will be given an intensive training course on Information Technology (IT) in order to be able to meet the challenges of the modern world.
In an interview here yesterday, Sarawak Deputy Commissioner of Police, SAC l Abang Wahap Abang Julai said cyber crime has been on the rise and "the police here had to be equipped with the technology know-how."
"We are now living in a borderless world and we have to face the reality of trans-border crimes," he said in his office at Badruddin police station.
Wahap said the intensive course would be for the rank and file, especially those in the urban areas. "The in-house training will be conducted by our men who are experts in the field and will be done in stages," he added.
"By the end of this year, we hope all the local police will have IT knowledge," he said.
He also said that the police should be more friendly but yet firm when executing their duties.
"We are expected to carry out our task not only efficiently but with a more friendly approach," he said.
Wahap added that the police should also be knowledgable of the surrounding area. "They should know the names of the roads, lanes, shops and the people in their area," he said.
"This is a good working knowledge and there would come a day when we will make surprise check to test them," he said.
He attributed the low crime rate in Sarawak to the effective social control.
Wahab put it candidly when he said S is for Selamat, A for Aman, R for Ria, A for Aneh, W for Warna-Warni, A for Asli and K for Kaya-Raya - and the first letter made up the name Sarawak.