JOHOR BARU: The state police will use the Emergency Ordinance against snatch thieves as they step up the war against crime.
State police chief Datuk Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said police had opened 57 case files using the ordinance since the beginning of the year.
"Such laws will be used against high-profile criminals ranging from kingpins to syndicate members and even snatch thieves," he said.
The Emergency Ordinance provides for police to detain a suspect for up to 60 days without trial.
Mokhtar was, however, tight-lipped about the investigations into several suspected criminal kingpins detained under the ordinance.
He was speaking after witnessing the handing over of duties from Senior Assistant Commissioner Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah to Senior Assistant Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abd Rahmad as his deputy at the state police headquarters here yesterday.
Jalaluddin was previously the acting Terengganu police chief while Tun Hisan will be transferred to Penang as the state deputy police chief.
Mokhtar said police had used the emergency ordinance to open 260 files last year.
On the crime rate in the state, he said since the beginning of the year the number of cases had dropped by 1,052 or 17 per cent from the 6,106 cases reported during the same period last year.
He said policemen were being taught Tamil so that they could communicate better with the Indians, as part of the efforts to make policemen multilingual.
"By learning Tamil, policemen can record statements or gather information at a crime scene more accurately even if the witness is only proficient in Tamil."
Indians make up only four per cent of the 6,000 policemen in the state.
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