The newly-elected chairperson of the Southern Region Community Policing Committee, Asif Gillani, says he is geared to ensuring a safe environment for all citizens and businesses.
He said: “If society is free from violence, then there is more opportunity for both small and big businesses as well as the ability for people to trade freely.
“Wherever there is crime, there is no growth. So, we have to modernise our way of living and adopt new concepts in fighting crime.”
Gillani, who assumed the mantle on Tuesday, was first elected as a member of the Blantyre Community Policing Committee in 2004 and has served in several community policing committees since then.
He said his committee will also focus on other forms of crime that usually go unreported such as domestic violence, especially sexual crimes against minors,” he said.
On his part, Malawi Police Service (MPS)community policing coordinator senior superintendent Alex Simenti said the elections aimed at revamping community policing in the region.
In 2008, MPS introduced community policing to promote security through strengthened partnerships with the community and all stakeholders.
A key component of community policing is the Victim Support Unit established as part of the Police Reform Programme.