Phalombe Police Station was named the best in crime reduction during this year’s first quarter after registering a 29 percent crime reduction rate in the Southern Region.
The station received a trophy that has been kept by Limbe Police Station.
Police Commissioner for the South Demister Chigwenembe applauded Phalombe Police Station on Tuesday during the regional executive committee (REC) at the police training school in Blantyre for contributing to the success of the region which registered a 11.3 percent crime reduction rate during the same quarter.
“We need joint efforts to reduce crime. Despite registering the decrease in crime, we have a challenge in managing homicide cases which have increased by 45 percent, with mob justice topping the list,” said Chigwenembe.
He said he values the relationship the police has with communities in managing crime by promoting safety and security among the public.
Phalombe Police Assistant Commissioner William Kadzayekha thanked community members for the cordial relationship they enjoy, saying the trophy was not only for the police but for the community as well.
“We will take this trophy to the communities we work with to appreciate their work in the reduction of crime rate in the district. Working with communities is vital in reducing crime,” said Kadzayekha.
During the meeting National Deputy Community Policing officer Mac lean Mguntha asked the police to be alert as the country witnesses hunger this year, saying there might be increased cases of food theft.