Police force to build state-of-the-art call centre to combat crime

24Mar 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Police force to build state-of-the-art call centre to combat crime

THE Tanzania police force is set to build an ultra modern complex that will be used as a call centre in an effort to facilitate communications with citizens as well as curbing crimes in the country.

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The proposed building will be equipped with modern communication gadgets that would provide a room for ordinary people to communicate with police 24 hours.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ernest Mangu disclosed the new development in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday when speaking soon after receiving 225m/- as donation from CRDB Bank for the construction of the centre.

IGP Mangu commended the bank for the support, saying: “CRDB Bank has been our main stakeholder in ensuring people’s safety through its various donations to the Police force.”

Citing examples, Mangu said recently the bank donated 125m/- for the construction of a police station at Marangu Ward in Kilimanjaro Region.

The IGP said that apart from the donations, the bank had also provided various banking services to the police force such as loans to law enforcers through its Savings and Credit Cooperative Society (SACCOS).

Handing over the cheque, the bank’s managing director, Dr Charles Kimei, said that communication between police and citizens was crucial in improving the law enforcers’ efficiency.

He said citizens have been key stakeholders in supporting the efforts by police to combat crimes by being witnesses of various crimes.

“This centre will enable people to report to the police in case of any crime thus enabling the force to arrive at the scene earlier,” Dr Kimei said.

He said the donation was part of the bank’s policy which focuses on supporting the community. The bank has been setting aside one per cent of its annual profit for community services such as education, health, and environment.

Dr Kimei said that his bank recognised the work done by the police to ensure safety of citizens and their properties, noting that it was why it decided to support the construction of the call centre.

He said that efforts by citizens to fight poverty would not be successful if people were not assured of their safety because such situation affects production.

“The establishment of the call centre is expected to reduce crime rate and be a catalyst for economic development and attracting more investors to the country,” Dr Kimei said.

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