Cluster policing not a magic bullet

Over the years, the introduction and growth of cluster policing – where communities hold hands in an organised manner against crime - has helped to significantly reduce crime around the country.

The Botswana Police Service has encouraged the formation of clusters across the country and has indeed supported these with secondments, de-briefings and back up wherever necessary. Cluster policing, or neighbourhood watches, has allowed a bottom-up approach where the community points police to the crime hotspots, trends and issues, thus allowing law enforcement to provide bespoke interventions.

The near-ubiquity of cluster members – day and night – has also struck trepidation in the hearts of would-be criminals, reducing the number and frequency of both petty thefts and major crimes.

Editor's Comment
Happy Independence!

We are 56 years old and what do we have to show for it? Looking at where Botswana started and where it is today, there are a lot of developments, but whether the developments match the number of years we have enjoyed as a country is a topic for another day.The fact that cannot be denied is we have seen major developments, but we are still lacking in several pertinent areas.Our beautiful country imports almost everything. We import fuel, food,...

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