Malawi Police Service (MPS) has inducted 12 Professional Standards Unit (PSU) officers in a bid to improve public service delivery and win back the trust of service users.
National Police deputy spokesperson Peter Kalaya confirmed that officers are undergoing training in Lilongwe City.
“There are 12 officers drawn from police stations across Malawi participating in the training taking place at National Police headquarters in Lilongwe.
“At the end of the training, the officers will be deployed to beef-up manpower in the six regional PSU off ices found at each regional police headquarters in the country,” he said.
Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police Responsible for Research and Planning Ellobium Banda has said there is a need for police officers to adhere to set standards in order to serve the citizenry efficiently.
He was speaking during the opening ceremony of the week-long training for PSU officers.
“Today, we are facing a society that is becoming increasingly opposed to police authority because we no longer command the respect we did in the past. Police units and vehicles have been attacked by angry Malawians, in many instances because of our poor conduct and unreasonable decisions. This must remind us of how low we have sunk, in terms of officer discipline,” Banda said.
Police Superintended Stiff Kanyenda, one of the facilitators at the training, said the development would contribute significantly to efficient public service delivery, which would in turn make Malawi more secure than ever.
“This is a very important post-recruit specialised course which will equip these officers with relevant knowledge, skills and procedures that are required when investigating errant fellow officers,” he said.
PSU officers are responsible for the conduct of police officers, ensuring that law enforcers operate within the confines of the law.