Crime rate among students under control, says IGP

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PUTRAJAYA — Despite the many reports of disciplinary issues involving students, the crime rate among them is still low and under control, according to Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.

He said out of more than five million students in 10,200 primary and secondary schools nationwide, about 1,000 students, or less than one per cent, were involved in social ills and criminal acts.

“Based on the overall ratio of students, it is still under control, and all the actions taken, including having school liaison officers, is only to improve the situation,” he told a press conference after the opening of a seminar on the development of students’ values and character by Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid yesterday.

Mohamad Fuzi said the police and Education Ministry were working together to curb social problems and criminal activities among students.

He urged schools not to hide any form of disciplinary misconduct just to protect the good name of the school, but to allow the police, through the school liaison officers, to take the necessary action.

To further strengthen the disciplinary process and curb crime in schools, including bullying and gangsterism, police planned to place school liaison officers in all schools nationwide in the future.

Because of the shortage of such officers, they were unable to focus on all schools and were stationed only at 402 schools categorised as hotspots, as well as certain schools that had been identified of having cases of misconduct and disciplinary problems.

Mohamad Fuzi said the school liaison officers initiative, which involves an officer and other policemen of various ranks, was created to monitor the safety and discipline of school students.

It also worked as a mechanism to maintain communication between the police and the schools, besides formulating the best measures to address disciplinary problems. — Bernama