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Page 9

Borneo Bulletin, Tuesday 23 February 2016

(From Page 8)

Conventional crimes are now being

superseded by non-conventional illegal

acts, forcing police personnel to upgrade

their skills and capabilities to cope with the

elusive nature of cybercrime.

Meanwhile, several laws have already

been gazetted requiring personnel to

jointly uphold and implement the law

in partnership with the Syariah Affairs

Department at the Ministry of Religious


One of the more important mutual areas

of cooperation between ordinary civilians

and the police in keeping crime at bay is the

RBPF Neighbourhood Watch Programme.

Last September, Assistant Superintendent

of PoliceHaji MohamadNoor binHaji Abdul

Rahman at a meeting with representatives

of district offices said that a total of 1,321

people have joined the Neighbourhood

Watch since its reactivation in early 2014.

He also said that a number of initiatives

had been carried out to encourage more

people to join the programme.

The Royal Brunei Police Force has also

been active in conducting joint exercises

with other agencies and other countries

to enhance both interoperability and

capability. This includes joint exercises

between the Marine Police and the Royal

Brunei Navy. Last year, the two security

forces conducted a four-day exercise,

known as the 11


Sembilang Exercise, aimed

at further enhancing interoperability

between the two Maritime Security

Agencies in conducting surveillance and

interception within planned operation


Last year also witnessed the 4



Security Exercise, codenamed ‘Eksesais

Perisai Kebangsaan’ which ran for three

days and served as an eye-opener for the

country’s different agencies. Held as a

test for Brunei’s security forces in times

of crisis, the exercise revealed several

shortcomings among the country’s various

agencies, and the government has vowed

to address them with lessons learnt from

this particular experience.

These lessons were incorporated into

various Standard Operating Procedures

when dealing with different crisis scenarios

that include terrorism attacks, bomb

threats, riots and hostage situations as well

as aviation disasters.

Royal Brunei Armed Forces

The Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF),

the country’s foremost pillar of defence,

celebrated its 54


anniversary last year,

during which His Majesty underscored the

importance for the Royal Brunei Armed

Forces to have high levels of preparedness,

in order to cope with security challenges in

a globalised era.

The Brunei military is ready to

strengthen its defence capabilities under

the country’s third Defence White Paper

(DWP), aptly defined as “Defending the

nation’s Sovereignty”.

The strategic document encapsulates

the current stage of the Sultanate’s defence

posture in terms of development and



on a small and secure coastal area of

Borneo Island, surprised many with its

acquisition of Darussalam-class offshore

patrol vessels (OPV) from Germany for

its Royal Brunei Navy (RBN), along with

the Sultanate’s enthusiasm in sending

navy vessels to port visits and participate

in multilateral or international naval


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Members of the Special Forces Regiment conducting a counter-terrorism exercise