Commissioner of Police for the central region, John Nyondo says cops can only work better in fighting crime if there is a good working relationship between the law enforcers and the local communities.
Nyondo made the remarks Monday when had an audience with the chiefs, community policing members and members of the business fraternity in Kaphiri area in Lilongwe.
The Central region Police chief said: “Police cannot achieve its goals if it works in isolation, we need to work together. Let us forget what has passed, it is water under the bridge, let us forge ahead.”
According to Central Region Police publicist, Noriety Chihana, the get-together was organised by the members of Kaphiri community in a bid to share various ideas with the Police on how to strengthen security and safety.
“The meeting between the two parties was organised to discuss issues on security and safety of the community but also to establish a good working environment between the Police and Kaphiri community members following the scuffles that led to the vandalisation of a police unit in the area,” said Chihana.
Chihana explained that the meeting between the police and the Kaphiri residents was held as a response to the recent fracas that took place in the area earlier this year and saw the Chitsime Police Unit being vandalised and in a prevailing circumstance, a Police armoured vehicle was burned down to ashes by angry residents.
Speaking to the gathering, the Police Commissioner pointed out that it was highly valuable and important for traditional leaders, the police, the faith groups, the business community and the local people in the area to be working closely on security issues.
“It is vital that we work together in the fight against crime. Together, we can bring sanity our respective communities. I applaud you all for organising this meeting so we could take stock of all matters on safety and security,” said Commissioner Nyondo.
The Commissioner further advised the chiefs and community policing members to help the Police by taking a leading role in advising the general public to refrain from mob justice in the region, stating that mob justice is a crime and an act that compromises the smooth delivery of justice.
Nyondo, however, urged Police officers in the area, in the central region and the country as a whole to uphold professionalism and follow cardinal principles of good policing when executing their duties to avoid being in conflict with members of the general public, especially in their policing areas.
He emphasised on Police customer care as it is a tool of showing people that the Police is there for them all the time.
Concurring with the Commissioner, Group Village Headman Kabvera said it is important for Police and community members to interact time and again in order to enhance mutual understanding amongst each other.
“We would like to encourage our Police to continue coming to these important meetings such as this one where we can, from time to time discuss pressing issues on security affecting our people in the communities for these meetings bring a platform to straighten or ironic out any arising matters that jeopardise security.
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