Senior Deputy Commissioner of Police for the Central Region Hennings Mlotha has asked police heads from districts in the region to be vigilant and collaborate with community policing members in fighting crime.
Mlotha was speaking in Mchinji when he opened a two-day workshop on championing community policing on Saturday. The workshop was organised by Malawi Human Rights Resource Centre (MHRRC) for police station officers-in-charge from the region.
“As a law enforcing agency, we need to take a keen interest in addressing emerging issues such as albino killings and take all necessary measures to sensitise communities and track down the culprits,” he said
Mlotha said since the officers are in-charge of resources in district police stations, there was need for them to come up with strategies to make community policing effective at station level by coordinating with members of station executive forums and other stakeholders.
He also called on officers working in border districts to be alert to prevent cases of trans-national crimes such as car theft.
MHRRC project coordinator Charles Gawani said they organised the workshop to identify problems affecting community policing structures so that they can be reduced. n