PMB: K9 unit, flying squad return to regular duties

2011-07-29 00:00

POLICE from the K9 unit and flying squad, who had been ordered to spend their 12-hour shifts posted at static control points, have been ordered back to their regular duties.

Last week The Witness ran a story quoting senior police officers complaining that the new static control system has left the city vulnerable to crime, and that arrest statistics are down.

On Monday The Witness learnt that the officers had been ordered back to their regular duties, with just one hour a day doing static patrols, parked in their cars on the main roads leading in and out of the city.

Spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said the matter “has been reviewed and it has now been decided that the members, in addition to their static duties at certain times of the day, will return to their normal duties.”

She said deployments are conducted on the basis of the crime threat analysis and are reviewed frequently. “It does become necessary at times to deploy members, which at times is not desirable but essential and such deployments must be deemed as in the interest of the community and in the fight against crime.”

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