KOTA KINABALU: A total of 392 police officers have been assigned to primary and secondary schools in Sabah as school liaison officers in efforts to curb crime.
Sabah police management department head Zabidi Mohd Zain said this collaboration between the education ministry and the police had greatly helped school authorities to check criminal activities within their premises.
“But most cases of violence and other crimes (involving students) happened outside school hours and were beyond the control of the school authorities.
“There were also cases of students being involved in crimes like rape outside the school compound,” he told reporters after the launch of the state-level Jom Ke Sekolah programme at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Likas here today.
Zabidi said apart from visiting schools once every two weeks, the police liaison officers also monitor the schools under their care and conduct crime prevention talks.