PUTRAJAYA, Sept 23 — A police helicopter will be deployed in a programme named “Eye in the Sky” to monitor road traffic and possible crime.
The collaboration between the Royal Malaysia Police and the Star Media Group will see the helicopter with a crew of five including a radio announcer patrolling the Klang Valley area.
“This is part of our effort to share information on traffic tips, crime and road safety.
“The crew doesn’t just report traffic jams but also to ensure that people reach destinations safely,” Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said during a press conference today.
Information from the patrol will be broadcast on he told reporters during a press conference today.
The police chief said the programme can also be used to combat crimes and even notify the public or get information on potential terror threats.
“As the announcements are made, they can also make announcements on crime tips and alerts. They also can use them to make immediate announcements if that is necessary
“We are inviting the people to communicate with us directly and we can put out the information fast. This is much more faster than Twitter and Facebook,” Khalid explained.
The traffic reports currently would be aired three times a week on the radio stations under the Star group including Suria FM and 988FM.
Traffic announcer Priscilla Patrick, who will be among those deployed on the helicopter, today also invited the public to communicate directly with the crew via phone calls or Twitter to report traffic or crime incidents.
The helicopter also fly regularly during festive periods along major highways to monitor traffic and any incidents, Priscilla added.
The Star traffic crew can be contacted via Twitter @mytraffic or their hotline number 03-77251133.