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Police service on right track
01/04/15
The reduction of crime rate confirms that Botswana Police Service is delivering an effective law enforcement service. The Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Mr Shaw Kgathi said this during the pass out parade of police recruits at Botswana Police College on Tuesday (March 31). He said the police service had displayed unmatched commitment to purpose and professionalism in service delivery. He stated that the determination had resulted in the effective delivery of law enforcement services.
The reduction of crime rate confirms that Botswana Police Service is delivering an effective law enforcement service. The Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Mr Shaw Kgathi said this during the pass out parade of police recruits at Botswana Police College on Tuesday (March 31). He said the police service had displayed unmatched commitment to purpose and professionalism in service delivery. He stated that the determination had resulted in the effective delivery of law enforcement services. Nonetheless, Mr Kgathi said criminals continually sought new ways and strategies to beat the police, hence the need for the police to up their game. He noted that criminals strategically used technological advancements to commit criminal acts such as cybercrime and human trafficking “As law enforcement practitioners, it is therefore important that we should always ensure that our anti-crime strategies and initiatives remain current and relevant,” he appealed. Hence saying the pre-service training that the recruit officers received served as a foundation for preparing and assisting them to integrate and adapt smoothly to their work. Furthermore, Mr Kgathi implored the recruits to constantly aim for high performance through their careers. “Being a police officer is a calling that requires a physically fit and an emotionally strong character that is also equally willing to be selfless, “Minister Kgathi said. In addition, he emphasised that the police service did not tolerate indiscipline and implored officers to display a good and appropriate conduct all the times. He said police officers were generally respected by members of the public and should therefore do everything in their power to earn and preserve their respect and trust. Mr Kgathi said transgression from the professional conduct was likely to negatively affect the overall standing in the eyes of the public and it must be avoided at all costs. “As you enter this service, kindly guard against the likelihood of being susceptible to corruption,” he cautioned the new officers. He added that the police service subscribed to the notion of zero tolerance to corruption at work, hence launching the Anti-Corruption Strategy. The pass out parade ceremony for 292 recruit constables and four cadet sub inspectors followed a nine months pre service training programme by the police. (BOPA)
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