BY: Thabiso Thaanyane
MASERU: Multitudes of Basotho citizens gathered to witness the graduation ceremony of the Lesotho Mounted Police newly promoted officers at Police Training College.
The Minister of Labour and Employment Hounarable Thulo Mahlakeng has congratulated 245 police recruits for successfully completing their training.
When officiating at passing-out-parade of Squad No. 1 of 2015 on Friday, 3 July, 2015, Hon. Mahlakeng told the newly promoted police that they are lucky they had got employed while their age mates are struggling for employment.
He reminded the parents, relatives, friends and police about the escalating crime.
He informed them that newly promoted police would join forces with serving police in the fight against crime.
The minister also showed that the government is aware of shortage of police personnel as compared to the population they serve.
Minister Mahlakeng further urged the nation, NGOs and business community to join hands in the fight against crime.
He indicated that the Lesotho government would assist the Ministry of Police with necessary equipment and finances in order to achieve its responsibilities of protecting life and property.
He further informed the audience that the government has embarked on building new police stations at Leribe, Mafeteng and Mohale’s Hoek.
He said plans for the construction of police residences are also on pipeline at Ha Semione, Semonkong, Qacha’s Nek, Tša-kholo and Monontša while construction of Mokhalinyane post is completed.
He concluded his speech by announcing the promotion of 245 recruits.
Minister Mahlakeng officiated on behalf of the Minister of Police who did not come due to his official commitments.
The Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Police Mr. Refiloe Matekane said he is aware that police are occupying dilapidated buildings and wonders how the community could expect good services from the people who are staying in such buildings.
PS Matekane said police need counseling since they convey corpse with their shoulders due to lack of transport and undeveloped areas.
He revealed that the Hounorable Minister of Police and Public Safety Mr. Monyane Moleleki has visited all police stations, posts and residences and seen the conditions that police are exposed to.
The acting Commissioner of Police Mr. Keketso Monaheng urged recruits to avoid things that would tarnish the image of the LMPS such as corruption and politics.
He informed them that they would be under mentorship of senior police officers while they are under probation period when they arrive at their new areas of work.
He urged the parents of the recruits to help police management for guiding the newly promoted police after they have completed their training as police officers.
When addressing new police officers Acting Commissioner of Police urged them to use skills they have acquired while they were on training.
The Director of Training Assistant Commissioner of Police Mrs Bohang Phasumane said the recruits started their training on 12th January 2015 as a group of 251.
She reported that five of them did not make it due to various reasons hence their number was reduced to 245.
She indicated that among the courses done included laws of evidence and criminal procedure, penal code, statutory laws, weapon handling to mention a few.
Director Training further reported that the available equipment does not meet the current time, she appealed for the new courses that would deal with crimessuch as cyber crime.
She requested newly promoted police to serve the nation with pride.