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Thursday, 10 January 2019 10:24

Dedza police records 19 percent drop in crime cases

Written by  George Mponda
Dedza police officer in-charge, Soko, Speaking during the meeting Dedza police officer in-charge, Soko, Speaking during the meeting pic by George Mponda

Dedza, January 10, 2019. Dedza Police Station Officer in Charge (OC), Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Emmie Soko has disclosed that in 2018, they have recorded a 19 percent drop in crime cases.

She disclosed this Wednesday during a meeting she had with heads of branches at Dedza PoliceStation and attributed the success to both Police Officers and community members’ hard working and team spirit.

“In 2017, Dedza Police Station registered 1,304 cases, while in 2018 it registered 1,056 cases making the difference of 248 cases, representing 19 per cent decrease. The Station registered 97 cases of accidents in 2018 while in 2017 the station registered 99 cases giving the difference of two representing the decrease of 2 per cent,”the OC said.

Soko attributed the decreaseon holistic approaches that were incorporated in combating crime during the year of 2018.

She said that,"Westrengthened CommunityPolice sensitization campaigns, various forms of patrol, using whistleblowers and radio programmes at Bembeke community radio to make the people in the district well informed on how best they can prevent crime by working hand in hand with the Police.”

"Let me appreciate the hard working spirit among the officers that has put us on the map. In the year 2018, we were recognised as the best station and emerged position two in C category amongst Police Stations of Central Region and this is a huge achievement, I am really grateful" Soko added.

She was worried with cases of road accidents, saying she has since orderedtraffic policeofficers to increase checks and patrols in all accident prone areas especially around Linthipe along M1 road from Blantyre to Lilongwe.

The Dedza Police Station Officer In-Charge has been appraised as an outstanding officer in charge by Association of People Living with Albinism (APAM),President Mr. Overton Kondowe because of the strategies she has put in place to ensure that people living with albinism are secure in the district.