Khalid hopes the Crime Prevention Act would be amended soon to allow the police to be more effective in combating violent crimes.
KUALA LUMPUR: Police have opened 56 case files under the Crime Prevention Act (CPA) after more than 3,000 people were detained under the "Special Ops Cantas" which was launched on Aug 17.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said that of the total, 21 were remanded to facilitate investigations under the PCA and the Criminal Procedure Code.
"Nine cases will be prosecuted and 11 others investigated," he said after addressing a one-day discourse titled 'Society and Crime: Where Are We' here on Thursday.
The event was organised by the National Professor Council together with Berita Harian.
According to Khalid, Ops Cantas was successful in significantly reducing the crime index.
From Aug 17 to 31 the police screened 139,342 people and arrested 3,205 suspects for investigation. Some 84,011 vehicles were checked for forbidden items.
Ismail noted that a comparison of the statistics in the two weeks from Aug 1 to 16 and Aug 17 to 31 showed the impact of Ops Cantas which resulted in a drop in violent crimes to 1,067 cases, or 8.2 per cent, from 1,162.
Khalid hopes the CPA would be amended promptly to enable the police to carry out their duties effectively, because violent crimes had gone up after the Internal Security Act, Emergency Ordinance and Restricted Residence Act were abolished.
He noted that if the statistics in the 20-month period before and after the repeal of these laws, namely from April 12, 2010 until Dec 21, 2011 and Dec 22, 2011 until Aug 31, 2013, were compared, figures for violent crimes indicated a 5.43 per cent hike or 2,351 cases, to 45,664.
The statistics of cases involving killing using firearms had also shown an increase from 64 cases to 130, or an increase of 103.1 per cent, during the same period.