14 February 2013

Tanzania: Kikwete Urges Police Crises Preparedness

PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete has directed the police force to study areas of possible conflict to get solutions before crises erupt.

Addressing a police force senior officials' general meeting in Dodoma on Tuesday, Dr Kikwete said instead of rushing into applying force, law enforcers should be the first to take part in finding peaceful solutions.

"Professionalism should be applied by police to harmoniously solve conflicts, involving differing parts," said President Kikwete, who is also the Commander-In-Chief of the defence forces, while opening the meeting at the Bunge Hall.

Mr Kikwete hailed the police force for taking legal action against its officers, after investigating different complaints directed to them by members of the public, saying the spirit should be maintained to keep a good image.

He said Information and Communication Technology (ICT) should be introduced during police training to enable officers use modern technology to combat crimes, adding that the National Identification system which he launched on February 7, should be used to facilitate their activities.

Mr Kikwete also directed the force to work on complaints regarding corruption facing some dishonest officers and that it should introduce a system to receive suggestions and complaints from members of the public. He called upon the force to speed up investigations of cases as one of the ways to ease congestion of inmates in remand prisons.

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