Bosilong warns police clusters
Molepolole Police Station Commander, Andrew Bosilong has expressed concern over some members of the Crime Prevention Clusters who bunk their jobs only to show up month end for their wages.
Speaking to The Voice after addressing Filling Station operators in Molepolole this week, Bosilong said the Botswana Police established the clusters to encourage community policing and provide support for police officers.
“What I’ve realized over the years is that there has not been sufficient supervision for the cluster members and most of them take advantage of the situation and stay at home.
I also noticed that there are very few members who report for duty during the month while we get a lot of them queuing up for wages on monthend.
They have to pull their weight and live up to the commitment they made or ship out and create space for others,” he said.
The Police chief says he has taken steps to ensure that the cluster members show commitment to their jobs.
“We have appointed a Seargeant who will be responsible for co-ordinating cluster policing activities in the area and this has helped us a lot because they are at the corner of every street these days and of late we have realized a decline in crime statistics.
Bosilong also urged filling station operators in Molepolole to join the fight against crime in order to help reduce the rising robbery incidents in their businesses.
“Most operators are ignorant about our crime prevention efforts. They don’t even know how to engage our patrol teams and they just see them as passersby.
They never attend crime prevention meetings when we invite members of the business community either yet they are the most prone to robberies,” he said.
Bosilong said the six filling stations in Molepolole have been targets of armed robbers this year, the latest being Total which was robbed of P6000 last Friday.
“Puma was robbed twice this year while Taj was robbed of P310 000 early this year.
Other victims include the Muslim Mosque and the Hawkers’ Cash and Carry.
We have launched an operation dubbed ‘Operation Phamola’ and we urge all businesses to establish alliances with the police to overcome criminals.”
Oct 10, 2014