After a three-year break, Blantyre Police Station has re-launched bicycle patrols as one way of tightening security within its policing area.
Blantyre Police Station officer in-charge Ellobium Banda said Tuesday the idea is to increase police officers’ visibility in hard-to-reach areas.
“This will enable our police officers to easily reach areas where motor vehicles cannot reach or where foot patrols cannot easily be done in the absence of motor vehicles. In addition, the bike patrols will add value as community members will easily reach police officers in times of need,” explained Banda.
The station first launched the system in 2013 after the Nigerian community in Blantyre donated 10 bicycles as part of commemorating their independence day. In the picture, police officers are trying the bicycles.—LUCKY MKANDAWIRE, Staff Reporter