KLIA district police HQ to act first during crisis

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SEPANG — With its beefed up manpower and logistics, the newly launched district police headquarters here will see the station playing the role of emergency first responders during security situations at both Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2).

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Fuzi Harun said Malaysia needed to learn from the attacks at Atarturk Airport, Turkey, and the Brussels Airport, Belgium, both of which were pulled off by terror groups.

“With over 52 million passenger transits annually, the security at KLIA has to be improved to ensure its manpower and logistics is sufficient enough when dealing with any form of crisis, especially terror attacks.

“This police headquarters was created mainly to combat security problems emerging at both airports. Airports are the gateway to our country and the police have to be ever ready and ensure that security is tip-top,” he said at the launch on Tuesday.

The KLIA District Police Headquarters (IPD) is the 16th IPD in Selangor and the 156th in the country and is part of the Royal Malaysia Police’s modernisation plan as well as the government’s to turn the surrounding area into a world-class aerocity.

Mohamad Fuzi said a restructure of duties was ongoing to give priority to investigations and intelligence elements such as the Bomb Disposal Unit, K-9 Unit and Special Actions Unit in the event of an emergency.

He added the IPD would see both KLIA police headquarters and klia2 police station come under one administration. It will also monitor security within a 10-km radius of KLIA.

The IPD currently has 875 officers and rank-and-file personnel. The number is expected to be increased to 1,084 people within a period of three years as the headquarters expands.

Assistant Commissioner Zulkifli Adam Shah will serve as the district’s first police chief.

Mohamad Fuzi hoped the establishment of the new headquarters would provide more effective services.