Saturday, June 22, 2024

Botswana bolsters bilateral relations with regional counterparts

Police stations along the borders have been urged to bolster bilateral relations with their counterparts in neighbouring countries continuously.

The Commissioner of Police, Dinah Marathe, who is on a country-wide familiarisation tour of Police Establishments, said this when addressing Police officers at Shakawe and Kasane recently. She said that as Botswana shares common borders with three countries, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, it is essential to form stronger bonds with their Police Services to clamp down on transnational organised crime jointly. 

She noted that with the Botswana Police Service (BPS), a member of the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (SARPPCO), such collaborative efforts would enhance collective police capacity in those areas and the region. Marathe said officers from both countries should be able to share information that benefits both countries in decisively dealing with crime, jointly embarking on the location of most wanted criminals, investigating some criminal cases, arresting suspects, and bringing them to justice. 

Commissioner Marathe said that with crime happening across borders, the Voice of a Customer in those villages along the border and surrounding areas must be listened to for increased feelings of safety and professionally acted upon by officers, who must promptly handle and respond to their problems. She encouraged officers to be the beacon of hope by serving people with distinction.

The Commissioner said the strategic locations of these Police Stations dictate that officers should assume an Ambassadorial role and be the face of the country and Organisation in the eyes of international visitors. She said discipline should be central to everything they do to attract public trust and confidence. 

Commissioner Marathe observed that criminals are getting braver and more intelligent by the day, calling her officers to be head and shoulders above them. She encouraged them to embrace the Mindset concept by thinking and doing things differently to cope with today’s constantly evolving criminal dynamics.

Officers pledged their support to the Commissioner’s Vision, individually and collectively, to see the Botswana Police Service continuously recognised regionally and internationally.

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