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Acting DIGP assures officers of redeployment after task forces dissolved

Faisal Asyraf

Acting deputy inspector-general of police Abdul Hamid Bador said police officers do not need to worry over the government's move to dissolve several police task forces.

He assured those assigned to the affected task forces that they would be redeployed to the three main departments within the police force.

"With regard to the dissolution of the Special Task Force on Organised Crime (Stafoc), Special Task Force For Anti-Vice, Gaming and Gangsterism (Stagg) and Special Tactics and Intelligence on Narcotics Group (Sting), the Royal Malaysian Police members do not need to be worried or anxious about their dissolution.

"The redeployment of all officers is being done in stages after the warrants of appointment are received from the Public Service Department," he told Malaysiakini.

He added that most officers have already been redeployed to the existing Criminal Investigation Department, Narcotics Crime Investigation Department and Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department, while the rest will follow, according to their experience.

"All special equipment that have been previously supplied will continue to be properly utilised," he said.

Abdul Hamid also assured that the restructuring exercise will not affect the police force's crime-fighting efforts.

Earlier today, Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin explained the disbandment of the task forces was to avoid redundancy and duplication of functions.

He added that it was part of the effort to reform the police force.

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