A TOTAL of 40 members of the Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) were presented with certificates on Friday after completing a two-week public order maintenance course.
The officers held ranks of constable, inspector and senior inspector, and were handed their certificates by LMPS Commissioner, Khothatso Tšooana.
The training was conducted by members of the Royal Malaysia Police and sought to capacitate the LMPS.
“Let me mention, ladies and gentlemen, from the onset, that capacity-building of our workforce, is one of government’s priority policing objectives for the current year.
“You may all agree with me that the development of human capital of any competitive organisation is of utmost importance for such an institution to perform to the expected levels, if not even above expectations.
“Lesotho’s constitution provides that the LMPS shall maintain law and order in the country, and in line with this provision, the
Police Act also provides for, among other general functions of this noble organisation, the protection of life and property.
“This exercise, which comes to an end today, falls directly within the range of programmes and activities which the LMPS seeks to undertake with a view to fulfill the above mandate emanating from the laws of this country, and the ensuing objective of capacity building of LMPS personnel.
“We believe, without a shadow of doubt, that the skills acquired by these participants from this course will hugely contribute towards achieving our mandate,” said Commissioner Tšooana.
The commissioner thanked the Royal Malaysia Police for “extending a helping hand” and conducting the much-needed Public Order Policing training.
“We really laud your initiative, as the Lesotho Mounted Police Service.
“With your continued cooperation and support, the LMPS can make significant strides in making a difference as far as safety and security is concerned, not only in our own country, but also regionally, as well as internationally.”
Commissioner Tšooana congratulated the graduates for going through “this hard and important training”.
“You are now faced with the challenge of displaying your acquired knowledge in the field. We hope you will make a positive impact in your work environment.”
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Bohang-Lintle Phasumane, on her part, said the training couldn’t have come at a better time.
“We hope more such training will come. This training came at a time when we needed it most.
“We hope the participants will practice the skills they have acquired, as we don’t want to hear any complaints from communities during peaceful public demonstrations,” DCP Phasumane said.