Women police officers urged to prove their worth
by Obusitse Kologwe
Regional Magistrate North, Lorraine Makati Lesang, has urged female police officers to develop a sense of value to improve their effectiveness in the police service.
Officiating at the launch of the Botswana Women Police Network (Sweep 2 Operation) in Francistown last week, she implored the female officers to appreciate and value their purpose in the police service so as to be able to perform optimally.
The Botswana Women Police Network Operation (Sweep 2) launch is an initiative by the Botswana Police Service, aimed at motivating female officers towards uplifting their operational effectiveness in policing.
During the operation, the female police officers will be deployed at road blocks where they will detect motorists who violate traffic regulations. The initiative is in pursuit of Botswana Police Service’s organizational vision to nurture competitive police officers of repute.
The magistrate further urged the officers to break the stereotype by some members of the community who only view women as people who can only perform office duties.
“Women police officers should demonstrate that they have the ability to deliver more for them to be able to solicit support from their male counterparts and to be taken seriously. They need to take into cognizance the fact that they are of value to the profession. I want to urge you to think outside the box and prove your mettle,” she said.
Lesang lauded the initiative saying that the move would help the female officers to support, network and nurture each other.
She added that through the initiative, the officers can collectively participate in social responsibility activities reminding them that the initiative is part of the vision and mission of Botswana Police Service to produce professional police officers of repute who can effectively serve the nation.
“One of the pillars of Vision 2016 calls for a safe and secure nation, therefore the initiative of this nature is worth applauding and encouraging” Lesang added.
The concept is not foreign to Botswana as it is an initiative of the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (SARPCCO) whose member countries include Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique, Lesotho, Mauritius, Swaziland and Angola.