BLANTYRE--The Malawi Police Service through community policing has embarked on an Anti-drug and Alcohol abuse sensitization campaign in schools.
The initiative seeks to promote crime prevention partnership programme through intensive civic awareness scheme and school involvement to encourage the youth in taking active role in issues of safety and security.
Experience has shown that a lot of crimes are committed by young people and the current trend of criminal activities in Malawi also shows that youths are most perpetrators due to the impact of drug and alcohol abuse, according to police.
Launching the campaign Sunday at Soche Secondary School in Blantyre, Malawi Police Service Deputy Commissioner, Masauko Medi, said it was high time police officers started incorporating youths in the fight against drug abuse.
Medi, who is also the in-charge of community policing in Malawi, challenged the law enforcers to work on anti-drug and alcohol abuse “without fear or favor to ensure safety and security in the country.”
The Malawi police service embraced the community policing in 1997 and since then different community safety and security initiatives and structures have been put in place at different levels.
The anti-drug and alcohol abuse and youth out-reach and school involvement campaign is being funded by alcohol manufacturing companies.
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