Keep within limits: Auxiliary cops told
by Hemananthani Sivanandam
PETALING JAYA (June 5, 2011): Auxiliary policemen and companies which employ them are reminded that these officers can only operate within their jurisdiction. Breaching jurisdiction or trespassing onto another area or abusing the privilege may result in legal ramifications and even the withdrawal of the auxiliary permits to these companies.
Chief Superintendent Aiyob.
Bukit Aman auxiliary police unit chief Superintendent Aiyob Shaharuddin said the Police Act 1967 (Revised 1988) provides that an auxiliary police officer is appointed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) with the agreement of the Home Minister. The area where an auxiliary police officer serves may also be determined by the IGP and Minister.
“When a company or an organisation applies for a permit to have auxiliary police, the company has to state the locations of their assets and the designated areas which require the auxiliary police personnel there.
“For example, Petronas headquarters’ is in Kuala Lumpur but when they applied, they have to state (the location of) their offices nationwide (which requires auxiliary police) so when they send their application, they will apply together, it’s not for individual locations,” Aiyob said in a recent interview.
Companies are not allowed to send the auxiliary police personnel to locations which are not mentioned in the permits.
“If they want to transfer the auxiliary police personnel to a different location, there are procedures to follow,” he said.
On a recent incident where auxilliary policemen in Subang Jaya were deployed to Kuala Lumpur, Aiyob said they are allowed to serve outside jurisdiction subject to special approval from Bukit Aman.
Aiyob said there are various guidelines and conditions that must be fulfilled before a permit is issued for an auxiliary police force.
Criteria include value of the assets, size of the area which requires auxiliary police patrols and crime statistics in the area.
“If there is no incident of crime, there will be no basis for the application,” said Aiyob adding that most auxiliary police are employed by government-linked companies.
To date there are 17,000 auxiliary police personnel nationwide.
These personnel are hired by companies or organisations and are sent to the police for nine weeks training.
“Their details are vetted by police and only then they will be trained. Once their training is over then their identity cards and badge numbers are issued by the Police Contingent Headquarters,” said Aiyob, adding that the identity card and badge numbers are not transferable.
“If a personnel from company A resigns and wants to join company B as an auxiliary police, that personnel cannot use the badge or ID obtained under company A’s permit,” said Aiyob, stressing that when an auxiliary personnel resigns, the company must notify the police about the resignation.
“So if the auxiliary personnel wants to join a different company, then the new employer must apply again,” said Aiyob adding that it is a similar process if an auxiliary personnel’s employment is terminated by the company.
He added that although the authority of auxiliary police personnel is similar to that of a regular police officer, they are still bound by laws.
“We should realise that the auxiliary police is for the public, it’s not for the company or organisation that hired them because they are guarding the public.
“They are also there to create a safe feeling for the public,” said Aiyob.
* Auxiliary police are regulated by the Police (Auxiliary Police) Regulations 1970 (“PAPR”), which came into force on July 1, 1970.
* Regulation 5(1) PAPR states that a member of the auxiliary police when performing police duties shall have the same powers and duties and shall be subject to the same authority as a police officer of corresponding rank.
* An auxiliary police officer is allowed to arrest people while on duty in their premise but proper investigations are done by the authorities.
* Auxiliary police personnel who are on duty are allowed to ask for identification from civilians if they are found to be suspicious.
* The pubic can request for the auxiliary police officer to show their ID.
* Auxiliary police personnel are allowed to carry firearms and handcuffs as provided by the Police Act.
* But the firearm permits are applied by their employers and they must fulfill several conditions before the permits are issued. — theSun