October 27, 2007 19:24 PM
PUTRAJAYA, Oct 27 (Bernama) — Police will get 2,000 bullet-proof vests by the end of the year and 2,000 more next year for better protection in their crime operations, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan.
He said although the actual requirement for the vests could not be determined, police needed a large quantity of vests as more and more operations were being conducted.
“The types of bullet-proof vests to be procured are different between those meant for high and low velocity bullets,” he told reporters after attending an Aidilfitri open house hosted by the Internal Security Ministry here today.
His statement came in the wake of the killing of two detectives during a drug bust in Sungai Buloh on Thursday night.
When asked yesterday why the four detectives who were involved in the ambush were not wearing bullet-proof vests, Musa said its quantity was rather limited and used only during certain operations, and he would be requesting for additional vests to be used for dangerous assignments and patrols.
Lance Corporal J. Jayabalan, 30, from Gombak police headquarters and Lance Corporal M. Alageson, 41, from the city police CID were gunned down when they raided a house at Jalan TS2 Taman Suria, Kampung Desa Aman, Sungai Buloh which was believed to be used as a laboratory for processing syabu on Thursday night.
Two others, Chief Inspector Helmi Zakaria from Gombak police headquarters who headed the raid and Chief Inspector R. Rajakumar from Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Department, were injured in the operation.
They were warded at Selayang Hospital and Sungai Buloh Hospital respectively.
Musa said police were still tracking down the suspects and refused to elaborate.