Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

1 April 2014

Malawi: Ntcheu Police Enhance Community Policing Activities

Ntcheu — Following the closure of Senzani Police Unit which services areas of Sub Traditional Authority Tsikulamowa and part of Chief Phambala area three years ago, Ntcheu police have launched campaign awareness on community policing to reduce crime in the area.

Speaking Friday in an interview with Mana, Ntcheu police public relations officer, Gift Matewere, said in the absence of police officers there have been a lot of crimes in the area hence the need to strengthen community policing structures.

"This time we want we would like all stakeholders such nongovernmental organizations, religious, political and traditional leaders to support community policing structures and civic educate the communities on the importance of consolidating security for the area to be crime free," said Matewere.

He said communities could assist police who sometimes conduct patrols in the area in combating crime by reporting crime suspects to police and that this could only be achieved if there is close corroboration amongst different players at community level.

Matewere also said police have taken advantage of the campaign to sensitize people in the area on the need to practice political tolerance in a bid to avoid political violence.

"We have noted an increase in inter and intra political parties' political conflicts which if controlled can lead to political violences which in most cases lead crimes," said Matewere.

Senzani Police Unit was closed three years ago after misunderstandings between community members and police officers who manned the unit.

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