Construction of Chinyolo Police Unit will help to fight against defilement, early marriages and other crimes in the area.
Senior Chief Mwankhunikira made the remarks on Monday during the official opening of the police unit constructed with K25 million through District Development Fund (DDF).
He said: “The challenge was that people had to travel to Rumphi Police Station to report cases which is very far. Many cases were not reported to police in the community.
“Today, the story is different because the police unit is here. It would even be much better if we had a court in this area so that cases can be decided right here as opposed to travelling all the way to Rumphi.”
Mwankhunikira said the police unit will promote investment in the area as businesspersons would be assured of security of their property and lives.
He urged the community to work closely with the police in fighting crime in area.
Commissioner of Police for the Northern Region Richard Luhanga said the police unit was a step forward in providing security for people in the area.
He said previously people walked longer distances from Rumphi, Chiweta or Bwengu for police services.
“We have increased our footprint in Rumphi and we will be able to deliver our services with the quality that is required,” he said.
Luhanga urged people against vandalising the facility saying when disagreements with police ensue, the withdrawal of officers from the area can compromise security in the communities.