Police in the country have been urged to be professional during riots to earn people’s trust as reliable public security service providers.
Senior assistant commissioner of police Theresa Nankhuni made the remarks on Thursday during the opening of a two-day Public Order and Disorder Management Training for Kasungu Police officers.
Nankhuni, who is also a commandant at the Central Region Police Training Centre, said time has come for the Malawi Police Service to demonstrate outstanding skills during public disorder without costing innocent lives.
“After being saddened with all bad past experiences, we thought it wise to equip our police officers with new skills so that such scenarios such as the July 20 2011 incident should be a thing of the past,” he said.
According to the United Nations (UN) standards of security management, police officers in the country need to be trained in modern methods of conflict management, risk control and international requirements on the usage of firearms.
Nankhuni assured Malawians that police would discharge their duties professionally.