The Inspector General of Malawi Police Loti Dzonzi has disclosed that their service has achieved a 26.1% female Police officers population adding that they have adopted a deliberate policy of installing gender Balance in the service.
Dzonzi made the remarks at the commissioning ceremony of 55 police-officers cadet- inspector and 601 police- recruit graduates at Police College, Zomba which was presided by President Joyce Banda on Friday.
He said for the first time 17 female cadets passed out compared to the past when the number could not exceed five.
Dzonzi hailed the partnership with communities that he said has seen drug traffickers brought to book and farm input subsidy programme criminals being arrested following tip offs.
Apart from presiding over the pass out, President Banda presented medals of good conduct and long service symbolically to 11 officers out of the 131serving in the Service.
For the first time in the history of the Malawi Police Service, President Banda awarded the Presidential Police Medals to the Inspector General Lot Dzonzi, longest serving female member award to Deputy Commissioner of Police Rexa Chalera and the longest serving police officer award to Superintendent Dyson Sambani.
Out of the 55 cadet inspectors 17 were female; and out of the total 601 police recruits 192 were female,
The function started at a somber mood when a one minute silence was observed in honour of one of the cadets, Inspector Daliana Chikwanje who passed on during the training.