By Our Reporter
Police in Kasungu has asked journalists in the district to work as bridge between the community and law enforcers in order to reduce crimes in the district.
The new Kasungu Police Officer In Charge (OC), Francis Chisoti, made the remarks on Thursday during a meeting with the district journalists.
According to him, the media can help to create a best relationship between the community and law enforcers by disseminating the services Police offers.
“Most people in the community have less knowledge on where to go when faced with different situations which police can handle hence we need the media to carry the information about our services so that the community knows where to go when they are in problems that need our intervention,” said Chisoti.
Chisoti also asked journalists in the district to write balanced stories saying his office is always open.
“What I believe is that without the media, Police work will be jeopardized. The community find it easy to tip journalists than men in uniform. Sometimes the community think that they will be in trouble if they tip the law enforcers. And what we want is for the media to clear such issues. Apart from that the media should not rush to publish a story without asking us,” said Chisoti.
The new Kasungu Police O.C then disclosed that crime rate has been reduced in the district.
According to him, in the first quarter, crime rate in Kasungu has been reduced by 28 percent.
He said he believe that the crime rate shall reduce further this year, especially if journalists work hand in hand with the law enforcers.
Representing journalists Johaz Mumba while recommending the new Police boss for the meeting, assured a cordial relationship between the media and the law enforcers.
Mumba said, the two community radio stations in the district, Kasungu and Mtunthama have some programs which act as bridges between the police and the community.