15 April 2019

Botswana: Police to Enhance Elections Preparedness

Gaborone — Botswana Police Service's (BPS) 47th senior officers annual conference has resolved to enhance its preparedness for the national general elections.

Presenting a media statement on the conference resolutions, BPS spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Dipheko Motube said it would ensure there was a conducive environment for peaceful elections.

Furthermore, he said BPS was concerned with the prevalence of Gender Based Violence (GBV), hence the five-day conference had also resolved to undertake research to find the root causes of GBV and evidence based interventions.

This, he said, included interpersonal violence which presented itself through incidents such as murder, suicide, threat to kill and other types of assaults eroding human dignity.

To increase care and support to victims, he said the forum had resolved to strengthen the BPS's response mechanisms and improve referral systems.

"Motivated by the returns gained from current policing strategies deployed to prevent illicit drugs and stock theft, the conference resolved to continue to implement the anti-drugs and anti-stock theft strategies," he said.

Additionally, the Assistant Commissioner said senior police officers also resolved to reinforce, adapt and extend their application to other problematic areas, including cyber crime and GBV.

Given the increasing number of fatal road accidents resulting in multiple deaths and serious injuries, especially in public service due to speeding and road user attitudes, he said the conference resolved to intensify law enforcement targeting public service vehicles and illegal public transport operators.

Mr Motube said BPS was also concerned with the persistent threat of transnational organised crimes and had resolved to continue seeking and strengthening partnerships with local, regional and international associates to disrupt organised criminal networks.

"Senior police officers also resolved that BPS should continue to enforce proceeds and instruments of Crime Act in conducting parallel investigations on money laundering," he added.

Moreover, concerned with the rising levels of cyber crime and computer related offences and the increase in the abuse of social media, particularly cyber bullying and distribution of child pornography, the conference resolved to enhance response capabilities and strategies.

"We also resolved to intensify public education campaigns to make people aware of specific risks and consequences related to cybercrime," he added.

Furthermore, inspired by the desire to remain the hallmark of excellence in maintenance of law and order, Mr Motube said the conference resolved to continue promoting adherence to professional and ethical standards.

He said they also resolved to further transform the BPS by continuing to benchmark best practices on customer centric services.

The conference themed: Towards safer and secure communities; 2019 and beyond, was meant to evaluate existing policing strategies and programmes with a view to coming up with innovative and effective interventions.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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