Chiradzulu Police Station on June 30 2015 donated 20 reflector jackets, torches and whistles to Likoswe Community Policing Forum at Kanje Primary School under Traditional Authority (T/A) Likoswe in the district.
The station coordinator for community policing, Kingsley Mvuthe, said the donation has been made with funding from other recurrent transactions (ORT) at the police station.
He said: “Let us put the reflectors to good use and not use them to infringe other people’s rights. We observed that you lack materials for the patrols so we thought it wise to provide adequate jackets and torches to ease your work.”
Chiradzulu Police officer-in-charge Nenani Kandulu said he appreciated the work of community members in the area.
Said Kandulu: “Let me also urge you not to harm suspects but bring them to the police station.”
Nguludi Ward councillor Joseph Manyenje said things have improved compared to the past when cases of theft and rape were rampant.
He said: “Thank you for the donation. You have boosted the morale of the group and I would like to ask other organisations to come forward and assist us as Chiradzulu Police has done,.”
T/ A Likoswe reminded the men to use the reflectors for the intended purpose and to be on the lookout for criminals.
Said T/A Likoswe: “If we know people involved in criminal acts, report them to police immediately.”
The Likoswe Community Policing Forum was established in March 2014 when the area was experiencing increased cases of crimes.
The group currently has about 60 members who conduct day and night patrols almost twice a week.