Nkhata Bay Police Station has emerged the best police team in the Northern Region.
Yesterday, Commissioner of Police (North) Effie Kaitano presented a trophy to officer-in-charge Sekani Tembo in recognition of the station’s outstanding efforts to combat crime.
According to Nkhata Bay Police Station spokesperson Cecilia Mfune, the number of reported criminal cases in the district has dropped by 35.6 percent from 632 cases in 2016 to 407 cases last year.
She attributed the reduction to various initiatives, including community policing, police visibility and increased mass awareness.
The district registered eight cases of robberies with violence, down from 18 two years ago.
However, the burden of murder and rape remained constant while the number of defilement cases increased from 23 in 2016 to 32 in 2017.
Mfune said the upturn could be a sign that more people freely report sexual assault cases.
Two officers at the station won individual awards for their hard work.
Sergeant Keston Chiona got a certificate of recognition as the best prosecutor of cases involving minors while Sub-Inspector George Mizere was named the best at arresting offenders.
The accolades were conceived to confer status on deserving achievers and motivate the rest to work harder.
Mzuzu Police Station won the top award last year. n