Police, DIS should end their differences

It’s for the umpteenth time that Botswana Police Service (BPS) and the controversy-ridden Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) have been caught on opposing sides.

In our main story for this week, we have a leaked document from the BPS in which they are bewailing the allegedly worrying attitude of the DIS sleuths who reports suggest when they arrived at the Phase 2 house where armed robbers were involved in a bloody shoot-out with the police, the rather trigger happy DIS agents just shot the six men who were trapped in the house even when the police reported to be in total control of the scene of crime.

It’s now common that even when we know by law the police are charged functionally with the responsibility to enforce all written laws, the DIS seems to be involved in a nasty turf war with the police. It’s unfortunate that no one has stepped to the plate to make the DIS account for its actions, even their principals.

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