Senior Chief Mlumbe of Zomba says the Malawi Police Service (MPS) should consider recruiting community policing forum (CPF) members to intensify security in the country.
The chief made the request on Tuesday at MPS College in Zomba during the district’s review meeting between police and civilians.
He said the CPF members are committed to maintaining peace in the country by volunteering for community policing.
“We are optimistic that if these people undergo police training and are deployed in their communities, they will build their capacity to deal with crime,” he said.
The district’s CPF chairperson Daniel Phiri said CPF needs motivation as its members are in crime hotspots.
Zomba Police Station officer in-charge Happy Mkandawire acknowledged the proposal, but said employment in police is a policy issue that requires recruits to follow employment regulations and procedures.
“We acknowledge the proposal, but at the moment we urge CPF members to invest in education to qualify for employment,” he said. n