Commissioner of Police for the northern region Paul Kanyama has said his office will ensure that Cops that turn to criminality will face the full force of the law like every lawbreaker.
Kanyama said Police officers should not use the Service’s challenges of inadequate welfare, low salaries and the general lack of motivation to engage in criminal activities.
“People’s perception about the Police is awful due to our alleged involvement in criminal acts and failure to meet people’s aspirations and expectations,” he said.
Commissioner Kanyama fired the warning shots on Monday during a regional management meeting held at the Officers Mess at northern region police headquarters.
The high-level meeting, which drew senior officers, Officers in Charge from all districts in the north and regional heads of branches, was meant to reflect on the Service’s performance from January to April 2014.
His tough stance on his charges follows the arrest of Officer in Charge of Police Mobile Services D Company Senior Superintendent Daniel Ntokoma, who is implicated in the trafficking of irregular and undocumented immigrants from Ethiopia and Somalia using a Police vehicle.
“Those involved in criminal acts must realise that there is a heavy price to pay when they are caught. Let us maintain our integrity and rebuild our image. Those that work and perform well will have my full support,” Kanyama said.
Apart from Ntokoma, another trio Constable George Kamphe, Constable Victor Msoloma and Constable Lucius Mpakeni is facing manslaughter charges for bludgeoning to death a suspect Edson Msiska in Police custody in January 2012.