Waze police

Neither the police nor the Road Transport Department (JPJ) are especially worried about information on apps like Waze and Twitter – where road users can warn others about the locations of enforcement personnel – according to The Sun.

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) director Comm Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh said that while the advancement of mobile app technologies could “slightly” disrupt police operations, he is adamant that such apps will not hinder the authorities from fighting crime.

“We are aware of the public submitting information on Waze and other apps from time to time about the whereabouts of authorities whenever we are visible on the road or when a patrol car hails down suspects or traffic offenders,” he said. “But we know what to do to curb and combat crimes.”

Mohmad added that he is aware of the ever-faster dissemination of information with the advancement of smartphones but insisted that “the police have their own strategy to nab criminals.” He was speaking to the media after presenting certificates of appreciation to police, JPJ and media personnel in conjunction with the recent special operation against “Tonto” thugs, which have been known to disrupt JPJ roadblocks.

Director-general of JPJ Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad described the operation a success, and added that it would be expanded to other states soon. “At the moment we are focusing on three states, namely Perak, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan,” he said. “But we are ready to ensure this joint operation with police is continued as long as it should.”