Police launch new crime-battling phone app, Volunteer Smartphone Patrol

Nur Aqidah Azizi

SEREMBAN: The Malaysia's Special Actions Unit (UTK) armoured vehicle, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Typhoon, was a crowd puller at the launch of the Volunteer Smartphone Patrol (VSP) phone app.

The two-metre high vehicle was the main attraction at the launch event here tonight.

The MRAP Typhoon, which was used in the Primework Studio's action movie, J-Revolusi released recently, wowed visitors, who made a beeline for a photo opportunity with the vehicle, despite the drizzling rain.

Officiated by Negri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, the event which was held in conjunction with state's police open day, was also attended by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

Also present were state police chief, Datuk Jaafar Mohd Yusof and state deputy police chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Muhammad Zaki Harun.

Mohamad said VSP would provide a convenient platform for the public to report crime via the app in the effort to combat crime in the state.

"It's time for the public and police to work together. The availability of the app on smartphone will speed up the information sharing process so that immediate actions can be taken," said Mohamad.

He added that the availability of the app signified the government's effort in putting the public's safety a priority.

The app, which was launched by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak in conjunction with the 210th Police Day celebration recently, is set to boost public participation in combatting and preventing crime nationwide.

The new form of community-oriented policing and the police aims to get an initial 4.8 million users, including 600,000 RakanCop members.