Police elite teams to be disbanded by the end of the year

Nurul Hidayah Bahaudin

KUALA LUMPUR: More than 600 members of the three elite police teams will be transferred to other departments by the end of the year.

Following their transfers, the Special Task Force on Organised Crime (Stafoc), Special Tactics and Intelligence Narcotics Group (Sting) and Special Task Force for Anti-Vice, Gambling and Gangsterism (Stagg) will be disbanded.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the process was already underway and was expected to end only at year’s end.

“In fact, the process began as soon as the home minister announced that the three teams would be disbanded. We held discussions with the Public Service Department and the ministry.

“Now we are in the final stages of the process. Some of the team members will be placed in the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), some in the Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) and others in the Narcotics Department,” he said.

Fuzi said 167 of the policemen would be placed in other departments such as the Integrity and Standards Compliance Department.

Fuzi was speaking to reporters after a ceremony which saw the handing over of duties, the wearing of ranks for senior officers and the awarding of medals for valour at the police training centre here.

“We will see which departments need to be strengthened. For instance, CCID needs more officers and men in the information technology and cyber fields so we can put a stop to Macau Scams. At the same time, some officers have been promoted to fill up certain positions which have become vacant.”

In June, Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had announced the disbandment of the three elite teams as part of the restructuring of the police force. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd