Blantyre: Southern Region Community Police has established oversight committees which are aimed at consolidating the fight against crime by enhancing collaboration between the police and the community.
Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana), Southern Region Community Policing Coordinator, Senior Superintendent Alex Simenti said the oversight committees have been formed to effectively deal with ongoing problems associated with vandalism of police structures in the region.
The committees will be there to track down on-going tendencies of torching down police stations rampant in our major cities and towns apart from other related offences being committed, Siment said.
Blantyre, Chileka and Bvumbwe police stations have already established these committees and work is in progress to cover the entire region, according to Simenti.
Asked why the barbaric acts were common in the southern region unlike the other places, Simenti said the region is experiencing high levels of urbanization and ‘idle minds’ that believe in acquiring valuable property through dubious means.
Simenti said these ‘idle minds’ are usually harboured within communities such that police officers could only know about their existence if they were tipped off by members of the general public.
He, therefore, said competent delivery of service by the police entirely depends on a vibrant and enabling environment from the community at large.
Meanwhile, Simenti has since bemoaned the tendency of ‘harbouring’ dangerous criminals and ‘overprotecting’ them who in turn, cause more havoc to the same community and even putting ablaze some police units and structures as has been the case in the recent times.
He, therefore, urged the newly formulated oversight committees to work closely with community policing committees, the general public and police officers themselves so that such barbaric acts become a thing of the past.
Safeguarding people’s lives and valuable property is the core function of law enforcers in the region and the nation at large, he assured.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA