The Police Public Complaints Commission is appealing to members of the public to report to the commission, police officers who abuse their powers.
Police Public Complaints Commission Chairperson, James Mwanakatwe, says it is the duty of the public to lodge complaints to the commission whenever they feel mistreated or offered a poor service by the police.
Mr. Mwanakatwe says the government’s vision of building a professional, service oriented and trusted police can only be realised if the citizenry lodged complaints to the commission.
He says the commission will always ensure that police officers who abuse their powers are held accountable to the citizens and that the erring are recommended for disciplinary action.
Mr. Mwanakatwe has however bemoaned the lack of public awareness of the existence and mandate of the commission.
He said this when he paid a courtesy call on Southern Province Minister, Edify Hamukale, in Choma district.
And Dr. Hamukale has appealed to the commission to help in identifying hardworking police officers that can be seconded for promotions.
Dr. Hamukale said the commission should not only focus on erring officers but help his office appreciate hardworking officers.
Commissioners from the Police Public Complaints Commission are in Southern Province to conduct hearings of complaints from the public against the police.