Police in the Southern Region have said they have reduced crime by 43 percent while traffic cases have been reduce by 25 percent as compared to the same period last year.
Police have managed to reduce the crime cases from 7,272 in 2015 to 4,121 this year.
Commissioner of Police for the Southern Region, Demester Chigwenembe, disclosed this yesterday during an interaction meeting between station officers and chairpersons of community policing groups in the Southern Region at the Police Training School in Limbe.
Chigwenembe said this has been possible due to the cordial relationship that exists between the police and the general public.
Chigwenembe said police do not have enough personnel to curb crime in the region.
“I thank the general public in the Southern Region in a special way. They have been providing us with valuable tips which have led to arrests of criminals. They have also been maintaining police vehicles and providing us with fuel for patrols,” he said.
Chigwenembe, however, warned police officers against complacency as they go into the final quarter of the year especially during the festive season.
He said police will increase their presence in their strategic points and roadblocks to enhance security.
Chairperson of Chikwawa Community Policing, Peter Symon, said interaction between police and the community policing committees are crucial for improving security in the country.
He said since the public started working with the police on security issues in Chikwawa, security has improved tremendously.
Chileka Police won the Commissioner’s trophy which was previously held by Limbe Police for their efforts in eradicating crime.
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