JOHOR BARU: The deployment of the ‘Men in Black’ in public places by the Johor police in the last two month has garnered a positive impact in crime prevention efforts.
Johor police chief Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd said the show of force and the increase of police presence have been effective in reducing the number of crimes, especially in public areas.
“A study has shown that the crime rate has declined since the deployment. Overall, the crime index in Johor has dropped by six per cent between January and June this year compared to the same period last year,” said Najmuddin.
He said more than 1,000 police personnel are involved in the Men in Black initiative all over Johor.
“The public is also happy with the outcome of the initiative. We have received positive feedback from them,” he said.
Najmuddin was speaking to the media after attending a High Profile Policing (HPP) programme at JB City Square and Komtar JBCC. Also present was Johor Baru South police chief Assistant Commissioner Sulaiman Salleh.
During the programme, Najmuddin and other officers mingled with the public at the two shopping malls. He also presented duit raya and goodies bags to some of the shoppers.