Botswana Police Service
Police have confiscated 87 suspected stolen electronic products from recent operations held in various places in and around Gaborone and Dibete areas. Some of the products were confiscated on vehicles travelling along the A1 road. The confiscated items include 41 laptops, 6 netbooks (mini laptops), 32 cellphones, 5 tablets and 3 digital cameras. Members of the public are advised to bring any form of identification or marking including personal identification documents to be able to claim such items. The electronics are available for public viewing and identification at Broadhurst Police Station during working days from 0730 hrs to 1630 hrs. For further information the public should contact the Divisional Criminal Investigations Department office at 3624051 during working hours. Meanwhile the police would like to urge people to always put discreet identification marks and store serial numbers of their property for easy tracing and identification in case of theft.
Networking on the fight against crime helps officers to do their job diligently. Speaking during the official closing ceremony of Law Enforcement Leadership Development Program (LELD) held on Friday (20/02/2015) at Otse, the Deputy Assistant Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Mr Scott Sweetow said as law enforcers there was need for the participants to share information and intelligence on how best to deal with transnational crimes in their respective countries. He said that law enforcers are few on the ground saying it is through networking that they can enhance thin collaboration and capacity. He urged the participants to put into good use the skills and knowledge that they have acquired to protect their people, the continent of Africa and the rest of the World. For his part one of the participants Senior Superintendent Kevin Mookodi thanked the governments of Botswana and United States of America for partnering in equipping law enforcement officers with knowledge and skills on how to address the issue of transnational crime. He said that during the six weeks training they acquired a lot of skills on combating transnational crimes, money laundering, firearms simulations, human trafficking and smuggling, adding that they were also drilled on how to deal with financial and cyber crimes among others. He encouraged participants to continue sharing whatever new information they learn to improve service delivery. The course was attended by 40 law enforcement officers from Botswana, Lesotho, Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritius and Zambia.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police responsible for operations Mr. Victor Paledi says integrity in the workplace is imperative for a healthy working environment. Addressing the South Central Division police officers of the rank of Sub Inspector and Sergeant at Serowe on Friday (6/2/15), Mr. Paledi urged them to maintain Botswana Police Service (BPS) integrity and continue to make it a reputable organization. He said integrity involves good character, honesty and leadership values, saying high integrity can make a difference in the organizational professional development. He said allegations of police involvement in criminal activities, brutality, corruption and indiscipline undermine BPS integrity and urged them to be always truthful and honest to their employer, coworkers, customers and stakeholders to enhance professionalism. Mr Paledi encouraged them to always communicate effectively among themselves, saying effective communication is goal oriented and strategic. He said treating others the way they want to be treated is the core principle and an example of how they can display integrity in the workplace. He encouraged Sub Inspectors and Sergeants to always live within their means and discharge their duties equivalent to their rank. He also urged them to be disciplined saying discipline is the life blood of BPS as it sets it apart from other organizations. He also said policing is a calling which require committed and well behaved workforce and further advised them to avoid negativity and be positive at all times to improve their work ethic.
A Botswana Police Service (BPS) officer who was seriously injured when a police team confronted robbers near Mmakgodumo in Kanye has died. The 30-year-old constable who hails from the North East District died yesterday evening at Bokamoso Private Hospital. The officer was injured during a shoot-out with seven armed robbers who had earlier on attacked a micro money lender at Kanye old mall last week Thursday and escaped with cash amounting to over P87 000. During the shoot-out one suspect died while the other one was seriously injured and is admitted in hospital. Three suspects were later arrested and two others are still at large. Police have so far recovered cash amounting to over P73 000. The trio will appear in court for mention tomorrow (4/2/15). Police investigations are still continuing.
The Botswana Police Service and Airbus Helicopters, Southern Africa formerly known as Eurocopter, signed a contract for the purchase of three additional AS 350 B3e helicopters worth over P115 million.
Eleven people died in a road traffic accident when the motor vehicle they were travelling in allegedly knocked a donkey, veered off the road and hit a tree, along Palapye/Martinsdrift in the early hours yesterday (11/01/15). They were 18 passengers on board, including the driver. The deceased all believed to be Zimbabweans are five males, five females and a minor. Seven other passengers also believed to be Zimbabweans were admitted at Palapye Primary Hospital with serious injuries. Preliminary police investigations indicate that all passengers except the driver did not have travel documents and were destined for South Africa. The names of the deceased are withheld until the next of kin are informed. Police investigations into the cause of the accident are ongoing.
At least 37 people died in separate road accidents that occurred countrywide during the festive season, which is from the 19th December 2014 to 05th January 2015.Botswana Police Service however recorded a decline in fatalities as 377 people died in road accidents in 2014 compared to 411 who perished in road crashes in 2013. During the last festive season the BPS recorded16 murder, 62 rape, 42 armed robberies and 185 break-incases compared to 22 murder, 60 rape, 36 armed robberies and 766house break-incases registeredduring same periodin 2013. Generally, the Police observed a peaceful festive season and received cooperation from both the motoring and general public at police roadblocks. The public also headed to the advice of taking part in neighbourhood watch and crime prevention activities hence the decline in housebreak-ins.
At least two (2) people died in three separate road accidents in the New Year from the 1st January 2015 to 2nd January 2015. In one of the accidents a 22 year old man died after he allegedly lost control of the vehicle which later overturned along Ratholo/ Majwaneng road. The passenger he was with was treated for minor injuries and discharged. In another accident, a Toyota Hilux which had five passengers on board apparently veered off the road and hit a tree yesterday (01/01/15) in Mandunyane. One passenger died while other passengers sustained minor injuries. The driver is likely to be charged for causing death by dangerous driving. The police recorded two drowning incidents in which four children lost their lives. In one of the incidents two boys aged 8 years old drowned when trying to swim at the intersection of Ramokgwebana/Senyawe River, their bodies are lying at Masunga Primary Hospital mortuary awaiting post mortem. In another incident two boys aged 9 and 10 years drowned at Kolobeng River, their bodies are lying at Thamaga Primary Hospital awaiting post mortem. In one alleged murder case an infant’s body of about 9 months was found burnt in a pit in the bush near Kumakwane village. The body is kept at Thamaga Hospital Mortuary awaiting post mortem. Police investigations are ongoing.
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