10 January 2014

Tanzania: New Tanzanian Inspector General Sets Priorities for Police Force

Tanzania's newly appointed Inspector General of Police Ernest Mangu said during his first press conference on Thursday (January 9th) that he would prioritise discipline within the force, maintain public trust, and cooperate with the community, Tanzania's The Citizen reported.

His first steps will include launching a criminal and forensic commission under the Director of Criminal Investigation (DCI), and re-naming the human resources division as the human resources, logistics and administration commission.

Mangu also said he would strengthen the community policing initiative, which is run by former Zanzibar police commissioner Mussa Ally Mussa.

"We are improving the initiative because we want to establish an active, strong and functioning partnership between the police, communities and other stakeholders through which crime, police service delivery and police-community relations can appropriately be analysed and appropriate solutions designed and implemented," he said.

Mangu noted that the crime rate across Tanzania fell under the leadership of his predecessor, Said Mwema, a trend he said he plans to maintain.

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