Call for resources to provide more security for diamonds, mining
by Kabelo Seitshiro
The outgoing Botswana Police Service Commissioner, Thebeyame Tsimako, has urged the government to resource further the Botswana Police Service (BPS) with technologically advanced equipment for the diamond and mining industry’s security.
Tsimako said BPS appreciates the decision by the Diamond Trading Company International (DTCI) to come to Botswana. He said the police acknowledge the economic benefits to the country and further take note of the associated security challenges.
Speaking at the 41st senior officers Annual Conference in Gaborone, Tsimako revealed that the conference resolved that the Diamond Square and Narcotic squad of the BPS be capacitated in line with the revised Diamond Security Strategic Plan.
“Crime reduction would always be top priority in the BPS law enforcement. We are committed to continuously improve the way the organization does business in order to guarantee a service that delights or meets customer’s needs at all times,” Tsimako stated.
He further acknowledged the resolute efforts of members of the BPS, which resulted in the overall reduction of crime by two percent last year. He said the police noted with satisfaction the nine percent reduction realized in offences that were targeted as of major concern.
“On challenges presented by policing urban areas, we resolve to conduct a study on the dynamics of policing urban communities and develop appropriate intervention strategies,” he said.
Tsimako said that there is no doubt that the diamond industry development will bring immerse opportunities to the private sector for the improvement of the economy. He also highlighted that BPS is short of transport countrywide.
He raised concern about the increasing rate of criminal activities around the country, saying it has been affecting the country’s business sector and individuals.
“Issues affecting the efficiency and effectiveness of the BPS in delivering its mandate include service delivery, customer care, resource allocation capacity building as well as public security,” said Tsimako.