Central Region Police Headquarters on Tuesday rewarded the region’s police stations that performed well in reducing crime in the first quarter of 2016.
The stations were rewarded during a regional executive committee meeting held to evaluate their performance between January and March this year.
Central Region Police Commissioner George Kainja said the awards have been given to encourage the stations that have performed well and motivate their colleagues to improve in the second quarter.
He said: “You feel encouraged when someone recognises your efforts. In that spirit, the awarded stations will keep their fire burning and we are proud of the stations that had performed remarkably in reducing crime and we want those behind to borrow a leaf and fight to become the next winners.”
Nkhotakota Police Station scooped the first position after reducing crime in the district by 29.5 percent compared to the same period last year.
The station’s officer-in-charge Timothy Phiri expressed happiness for the award and attributed the success to good partnership with community policing teams in the district.
“I am delighted to be the best performing police station in the region. We have a strong police team coupled with good relationship with community policing with whom we have been collaboratively conducting sensitisation meetings on crime reduction in the community,” he said.
The station received the Commissioner’s trophy and a certificate of recognition while Lilongwe Model Police, Kanengo, Mchinji, Dedza and Ntchisi were given certificates of recognition.
Overall, the Central Region Police reduced crime by a negligible 0.9 percent. n