Northern Region Police Senior Deputy Commissioner Maximus Thomson Bakali has asked officers to build a cordial relationship with people to ease the fight against crime in the region.
He said this on Thursday during a regional community policing meeting to assess how police officers have performed in the first quarter of 2021.
Bakali said for officers to perform well in dealing with crime, they need a cordial relationship with the people they serve.
“When officers build that relationship with people, it will be easy for the community members to give out information about criminal activities,” he said.
Bakali also appealed to officers to increase visibility in communities by conducting awareness activities and working with stakeholders such as chiefs and businesspeople.
On his part, Northern Regional Community Policing chairperson Vincent Kalawa said they were worried with the increase in crime and traffic accidents.
“We have registered 1 559 criminal cases compared to 1 512 cases registered in 2020 during the same period,” he said.
Kalawa said the region registered 296 accidents compared to 98 during the corresponding period in 2020.