Inspector General (IG) of Police George Kainja has urged communities in Thyolo to treat police officers as partners in the fight against crime.
The IG said this in an interview on Sunday after he officially opened Khonjeni Police Unit in Thyolo.
Kainja also asked police officers posted to the new unit to co-exist with members of the community.
He said the construction of Khonjeni Police Unit, funded by Thyolo Central legislator Ben Phiri, will serve the community that was relying on Luchenza Police Station, located about 10 kilometres away.
Kainja said resources permitting, Malawi Police Service would have loved to have police formation, in every constituency or in every traditional authority.
He thanked Phiri for prioritising the security of people in his constituency.
In an interview, Phiri said the project cost K24 million.
He said before being elected, he assessed the needs of the people in the constituency.
The legislator said he was happy that people will no longer have to walk long distances to access police services.
He said: “You can never have development if you don’t have security. People in this constituency will now do their businesses freely.
“I urge them to cooperate with our police to fight crime.”
During the event, the IG, Phiri and other dignitaries joined a police band as it marched from the newly-built police unit to a nearby ground at Khonjeni Health Centre.