Arusha — THE Arusha Regional Commissioner, Mr Magessa Mulongo, handed over 12 new motorcycles, bought by the State, to local police in an effort to combat crime.
Presenting the bikes over the weekend, Mr Mulongo took the opportunity to urge police officers to ensure that they make good use of the motorbikes, as well as maintaining them properly as they assist them execute their daily duties.
The Regional Commissioner pointed out that at the moment, the public was losing trust in local law enforcers because a few officers were tarnishing the good name of the force, before ordering the police in Arusha to efficiently execute their duties with integrity while shunning personal interests.
"We have no ability to monitor every police officer who uses public vehicles and other facilities for personal gains, but I urge the Arusha police officers to dedicate themselves by at least 90 per cent," said the RC. Mr Mulongo used the occasion to call for solidarity among police officers, local leaders and public because this was the only way crime can be dealt with in the region.
"People's lives and their safety should take first priority in your daily duties." The RC also urged the police to help those who are being stigmatized or discriminated against in the society on the basis of physical or mental handicaps as well as those who cannot get their basic human rights just because they happen to live in poverty or have no powerful friends or relatives to help their cause.
"For instance, there are women who suffer in the hands of their husbands or male relatives due to the infamous chauvinism and girls who are denied their right to education because the parents favour boys, or cases of arranged child marriages that are common in Arusha," said the leader.
The Arusha Regional Police Commander, ACP Liberatus Sabbas, said 500 motor vehicles were bought by the Tanzanian Police Force and are to be deployed in different regions around the country so as to take law-enforcing services closer to the people at grass-roots level.