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    President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera says his administration will continue recruiting more police officers to ensure that Malawi attains the global standard of one officer per 500 citizens benchmark.

    He was speaking on Friday in Blantyre during the passing out parade ceremony of 1367 new officers who have finished their training.

    President Chakwera said his government is determined to increase the number of police officers as well as improving their welfare as the country gears towards reducing the police-people ratio.

    He pledged that on top of the cohort that has been commissioned there will be an additional 2,000 officers who will finish their studies in the next three months and will be deployed to various work stations across the country.

    He further disclosed that his administration has recruited over 6,000 police officers since assuming power in 2020, when the total number of law enforcers at 13,500. According to the Malawi leader, currently the total number of law enforcers has reached 19,570, thus a 30% increase.

    The Malawi leader advised the new recruits to uphold values that guide their profession as a disciplined force.

    “I know there are always some few law enforcers who forget what they are supposed to do, and instead they indulge in bad behaviour, in the process, damaging the good image of the rest of the officers.

    “I urge you to be in the forefront advising your fellows who misbehave, it is your duty to protect the good image of your profession, earning respect in the process,” Advised Chakwera.

    The state president assured Police Officers that his administration will continue investing in building a modern law enforcement service that has enough capacity to promote law and order and facilitate the entrenchment of civic rights.

    Among the interventions aimed at building a modern MPS, Chakwera underscored the construction of 4000 police housing units across the country, offering relevant training, acquisition of modern software and hardware and improved conditions of service.

    Within his speech, Chakwera highlighted some of the tasks accomplished by the MPS, which include law enforcement, helping in uncovering evidence of wrongdoing, arresting those involved in human rights abuses, arresting or preventing killings of persons with albinism, and providing victim support services to women abused by their husbands.

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