POLICE in Lusaka have rolled out community awareness programmes in areas affected by suspected ritual killings.
Senior police officer Crispin Kapela said the awareness programmes were aimed at educating residents on neighbourhood watch and crime prevention issues.
He disclosed that the programme would comprise market shows and police road shows.
“We want to work hand in hand with members of the public. We do not want to work as though we were a separate entity. Therefore, we are going to have market shows and road shows in affected areas like George, Zingalume and Matero compounds,” Mr. Kapela said.
He said various entertainment activities would take place during the programme.
“We are going to bring our Nkwazi Theatre Club and our police band, so that while there is an element of entertainment, we are also educating them on neighbourhood watch and citizen crime prevention,” he said.
Mr Kapela said the programme would also strengthen the police-community relationship.
He said members of the public were key partners in the fight against crime.
“It’s a long time ago when the police used to work in isolation. Now we are going to the community and work with them so that they know we are partners with a common purpose – to fight crime,” he said.
Mr. Kapela said police would continue to patrol areas affected by suspected ritual killings in order to protect citizens.
He also urged people with information leading to the killers to report to the police as soon as possible.
“We have intensified patrols in George, Zingalume and Matero compounds so that people sleep peacefully.
“As police officers, we work with confidentiality. Once people come up with information leading to the arrest of these perpetrators, protection is guaranteed from the police and we will guide them through the process of the courts of law so that they are not harmed in anyway,” he said.