Tanzania: CRDB provides 250m/- to support police transformation

CRDB Bank has contributed 255m/- toward police transformation programme that seeks to, among other things, bring about rapid deployment of forces to crime scenes.

The money, donated as part of activities to mark 20 years of growth of the bank, will be used to build a state-of-the-art police call centre at the Central Police Station with the capacity of receiving 120 calls at one given time.

The centre will have the ability to identify the call location and locating the nearest patrol car using GPS track system and directed it to the crime scene.

“This will increase rapidness on deploying our forces to a crime scene thus increase responding to the call,” Inspector General of Police Ernest Mangu (pictured) said when receiving the contribution on Tuesday.

The IGP said the call centre will continue to receive call from the entire country but the modernisation starts with Dar es Salaam —specifically Kinondoni Police region.

Once in full gear the call centre will be supported with mobile police units to be stationed in a radius of 3.0 kilometres backed by 5 patrol cars and 126 motorcycles thus reaching a crime scene inside 10 minutes.

“The construction of the call centre will be completed at end of June and operations will begin in July,” IGP Mangu said.

The IGP said between July and December a transformation pilot project will be implemented in Kinondoni before being deployed countrywide.

“We want to change the long response time to crime scene... wananchi know police will delay...,” noting however they had become more efficient after managing to cut delay time thanks to deployment of police vehicles and motorcycles.

He said improvement in efficiency was causing another problem as some people falsely accuse them of conspiring with bandits when they manage to reach at a crime scene in time. “But the trouble is when we respond promptly people say we are part of the crime-ring,” IGP said.

CRDB Managing Director Dr Charles Kimei said they rapidly respond back to the police request since the banking sector depends on security, peace and tranquillity of the nation.

“To safeguard depositors’ money is of paramount importance because, if there is no peace, people will not put their money in banks,” Dr Kimei said.

He said physical security that is implemented by police increases customers’ confidence that their money are safe at the banks. “In the recent days police have been doing a great job on combating banks related crime, mainly using motorcycles.

The situation is better now,” Dr Kimei noted. President’s Delivery Bureau Chief Executive Officer Omari Issa said Kinondoni Police region was picked as it leads in the crime rate in the country.

“Kinondoni has the highest crime rate, we thought it’s better to start with it and later go in a big scale — countrywide,” Mr Issa said.

The CEO said before reaching the implementation stage they sat with all stakeholders to first identify the challenges police are facing on responding to crime scene and later made study tours to learn how others are doing.

“We are even planning to have a Police Open Day to let people see police working and living condition,” Mr Issa said. 

The Police Transformation exercise begins mid-year with the call centre that will be manned by 20 staff but has the capacity of receiving 120 calls at any given time. Each call will not ring more than five times before being picked up.

The transformation will include cutting paper work and place with computerised system — from receiving statements to filing cases to investigation limited to two months in the next three years.
Source: Daily News reported from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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