Botswana: Northern Community Policing Clusters have been commended for their commitment and hard work in curbing crime. The Divisional Commander North made the commendation, Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Cynthia Setilo during the Community Policing Cluster Awards ceremony in Francistown (17/08/23).
Senior Assistant Commissioner Setilo said the awards are a way of appreciating and recognising the immense contribution of clusters in the fight against crime. She noted that the community is vital stakeholders in crime reduction as they can identify the root cause of crime in their localities.
The Divisional Commander also called on the community to review and draw new crime prevention strategies that are relevant to current crime trends. She urged members of the public to continue their collaboration with the police in the fight against crime and work voluntarily to maintain secure and safer communities.
On issues of Gender Based Violence (GBV), the Divisional Commander said Botswana Police Service (BPS) continues to prioritise GBV issues involving children. She said in an effort to deal effectively with such issues, the BPS continues to provide Child Friendly Services that will enable them to open up on issues affecting them.
She called on parents to play their role in moulding their children to become responsible citizens.For her part, the former Customary Court President, Ms Margaret Mosojane applauded BPS and the community for their sterling efforts in ensuring the safety and security of citizens and residents. Mosojane said for the attainment of the Vision 2036 pillar of Governance, Peace and Security, there is need for collaboration by stakeholders towards fighting crime.
In his closing remarks, Kgosi Paul Motshwane who is also No.1 Police District (Francistown) Chairperson, expressed his gratitude to stakeholders in supporting and driving crime prevention initiatives. He encouraged reluctant members of the community to exercise their responsibility and play their role in ensuring the safety of their communities.