Community Policing Beneficial

| May 4, 2015

A regular close contact between the police and the community makes people feel free to engage with the police.

Director of the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at University of Portsmouth, Professor Stephen Savage said this on April 30 during graduation of 517 police officers at Botswana Police College.

He told the new recruits who graduated with a Certificate in Professional Practice in Policing that a close contact with the community makes people feel free to contact the police when they have problems.

Prof. Savage implored the graduates to uphold the spirit of community engagement and foster community partnership. “Your organisation identifies itself as a police service not a police force, it works close with the community,” Prof. Savage added.

Furthermore, he added that the Botswana Police Service Programme of Professional Practice in Policing is worthy of international recognition and worthy of attaining a degree programme.

He encouraged the graduates to take the end of their training programme as the beginning of their training journey through further training. “Take every opportunity to develop your learning,” said Prof. Savage whose institution has accredited the certificate training programme.

For his part, the Botswana Police College director of training, senior assistant commissioner Goboletswe Dimeku said Botswana Police Service has invested a lot in the training of the police officers. “We expect a lot from you and to work according to the police Act,” said Senior Assistant Commissioner Dimeku.

He said police officers are going to be leaders in future and must apply the knowledge that they have acquired. The director further encouraged the new police recruits to uphold good discipline and botho towards their customers.

Out of the 517 new police recruits, 70 obtained distinction, 227 obtained merit, 188 got credit and 32 got a pass.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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