The Minister of Defense, Justice and Security, Dikgakgamatso Seretse, has officially launched the Botswana Police Service Corporate Development Strategy for 2009-2016.
Speaking at the ceremony, Seretse noted that “as we launch this strategy, uppermost in our mind is public safety and sense of security”, saying they are necessary foundations for the well being and economic prosperity of the citizenry.
Seretse said the strategy springs from the recognition of challenges of transnational organized crime, the utter wastefulness of road accidents, and the high incident level of crime.
He further revealed that the strategy serves also as a mechanism for accountability.
“The strategic priorities outlined in the document elaborate the strategic context within which local accountability and planning should be undertaken,” he said.
Seretse highlighted that, with proper implementation, the document should substantially influence standard, reliability, consistency and responsiveness of police business.
He said the success of this strategy is dependent upon the selfless devotion of all units playing their own unique but complimentary roles, adding that it also demands dedicated leadership that is not afraid to lead.
He said that, to facilitate this, the strategy has provided an implementation plan and comprehensive guidelines of what needs to be done and how it has to be done.
Seretse reminded the Police Service that community participation remains important in the fight against crime.
“It remains a challenge on your part to embrace the community in your crime prevention and fighting efforts,” he said.
He noted that the strategy flows from NDP 10 which has one of its goals as Public Safety and Protection. He added that the strategy concretises the nuts and bolts of what is required to achieve Vision 2016 ideals.
In the same vein, the Commissioner of Police, Thebeyame Tsimako, said the strategy identifies three thematic areas, being public safety and protection, skilled and motivated staff and support and infrastructural development.
Tsimako said the first theme defined BPS core service, the second one focussed on human capital development and the third on the provision of support resources.
He revealed that the strategy is the third one that has been developed to guide the operations of BPS since 1987.
“Throughout the implementation of this strategy we shall be guided by the principles of botho, excellence, integrity and teamwork,” he said.