Gaborone — President Lt Gen. Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama on March 26 bestowed the commissioner of Police, Mr Keabetswe Makgophe and the director general of the Directorate on Intelligence and Security Services (DISS), Mr Isaac Kgosi with the award of Presidential Order of Honour,
The award, which is given to a citizen who has rendered efficient and devoted service to Botswana, was presented to the duo during a farewell ceremony.
President Khama congratulated the two saying they deserved the awards because of their commitment and dedication to work for the country.
He explained that Mr Makgophe worked hard to reduce the level of crime in the country.
President Khama said the latest accolades that Commissioner Makgophe received was that of the best police service on the continent and amongst the best in the world, something which he said had put Botswana on the world map.
He said he was pleased that in his various careers he had also served under the then Botswana Mobile Police Unit (PMU) under the former commissioner Mr Simon Hirschfield before leaving the service to join Botswana Defence Force (BDF).
He also applauded the famous K9 Unit (Dog Unit) which has also contributed to the reduction of criminal activities across the country.
Commissioner Makgophe thanked the President for the honour, saying he had decided to dedicate the medal to all members of the Botswana Police Service for their commitment and dedication to duty at all times.
"Your Excellency, your achievement and the legacy you bestowed upon us are well documented.
On behalf of the members of the Botswana Police Service, we join all those who have thanked you for the commitment, passion, and empathy with which you have served Batswana as demonstrated by the prevailing peace, tranquility and numerous developments that obtained in the country during your tenure of office," he added.
He said the significant developments that the Botswana Police Service had undergone during President Khama's tenure included but not limited to, merging the Botswana Police Service and Botswana Local Police, increase in development budget allocations, increase in manpower complement, access to the traffic fines fund which has in turn improved transport availability as well as introduction of cluster policing which had contributed positively to crime reduction.
The Botswana Police Service showered the President with various farming gifts such as a 96 000 litre water reservoir, a mobile cattle neck clamp, two water troughs and P100 000 cash.
President Khama appreciated the gifts adding that he will put them to good use.
President Khama joined the Botswana Police Force in 1973 and left the Force to join Botswana Defence Force (BDF) in 1977 holding the rank of Assistant Superintendent along with 131 Police Mobile Unit members.
Source : BOPA