The Deputy Commissioner of Police responsible for support services, Mr. Pestor Gabolekwe, has urged churches to work in collaboration with the Botswana Police by providing counseling to police officers who encounter traumatic incidents during the course of their duty.
Speaking at a fund raising event for Spiritual Healing Church in Gabane over the weekend, Gabolekwe said police duty exposes officers to traumatic incidents, which could affect them psychologically, leading to inefficiency at work.
The situation, he said, calls on holy societies to work in collaboration with the Botswana Police occupational health safety, Chaplaincy and social welfare in giving spiritual counseling to affected officers.
Gabolekwe added that spiritual healing may not help in counseling officers but could contribute positively towards molding character of police officers who engage in criminal activities.
Gabolokwe handed a P5 000 cheque to the Gabane Spiritual Healing Church on behalf of the Commissioner of Police as a contribution for the construction of a church.
Giving vote of thanks, Reverend Jonathan Madimabe of Gaborone Extension IV Spiritual Healing Church thanked Botswana Police for the donation, saying that the donation was an indication of the compassion that Botswana Police have for the communities they serve. He said the money will positively contribute towards the completion of their church which has been standing unfinished for a long time due to financial constraints.