In a bid to cement relationship between the police and the general public, police in Ntcheu on Saturday organized different sporting activities with teams sampled from different parts of the district.
Speaking to thousands of patrons, Ntcheu Police Officer-In-Charge Senior Assistant Commissioner Benson Tawakali said the idea came after realising the importance of having a good working relationship with stakeholders in the realisation of police objective of creating a safe and secure environment.
“It is a given fact that democratic policing need collaborated efforts in order to realise our goals. We cannot work in isolation, hence the need to interact with the people we work with,” Tawakali said.
He added that sports is well known worldwide in bringing people together hence the thought of using it as a tool in the creation of safe and secure environment.
In her remarks, Malawi National Sports Council Sports Development Manager Ruth Mzengo, who was also the guest of honour, hailed the police for the initiative saying this shows the commitment of the police in elimination of crime through consented efforts.
She further pledged to support the initiate in future saying the event is also a catalyst for sports development in the country.
“Despite being a vehicle for safety and security messages, this event has also proven to be an oasis for sports development in the country,” said Mzengo.
Mzengo added that she was overwhelmed with the response given to the event by the general public and urged police management to continue with such initiatives.
A similar event was held last year and this year’s theme was “sporting together for safe and secure environment”.
The function was organised with funding from Malawi Bureau of Standard, Standard Bank, New Era Private Schools and Everest Trucking, Bottlestore and Restaurant as well as with technical support from Malawi National Sports Council.
Among the games played were football, netball, volleyball, and tug of war. Victorious teams went away with trophies and other prizes.