Fast Response Cars (FRCs) ensure that our officers
will arrive on the scene quickly but like all cars, their arrival
can be delayed if they are caught in heavy traffic. The SPF has
come up with an effective solution to that contingency - Fast Response
Motorcycle (FRMs) that can weave through traffic, and in emergencies,
even hop on to pavements or take short cuts through alleys and any
other available routes.
Twenty-four officers from 'A' and 'C' Divisions hit the road on
1 December 1997 with their new Honda CBX 750 motorcycles as part
of a pilot programme to gauge the scheme's effectiveness. Already
the scheme is showing great promise.
"Our response time is now down to between 3-4minutes as compared
with the FRCs which take a slightly longer time," says pioneer
FRM rider Cpl Rosli Ahmad from Traffic Unit A.
Like FRCs, the FRMs are intended for urgent cases only. FRM officers
will not follow normal shift hours but will instead be deployed
during peak periods and at certain patrol sectors where traffic
flow is heavy. They will conduct patrols and attend to urgent messages
"We are dressed in the normal blue police uniform so at times
members of the public think we are from Traffic Police and are puzzled.
However, when we explain that we are part of the new breed of FRM
riders they are impressed. They particularly appreciatethe speed
with which we respond. This is a good sign," says Cpl Rosli.
FRM officers patrol with standard equipment including bullet-proof
vests, fire extinguishers and first aid boxes. They are not bogged
down by bulky equipment such as road block signs and shields.
"We submit our response time and evaluation weekly for monitoring
and evaluation purposes," says Cpl Rosli. "The fact that
we can ride on pathways and kerbs really speeds up response and
I hope all divisions will have this new system soon. I feel proud
to be part of the first batch of officers who have been selected
for this pilot scheme."