BY: Mathibeli Ntlhabo
MASERU: Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) celebrated 142 years since it has been established in 1872 with style at Police Training College on 14 November, 2014.
The ceremony started at the Police Monument for commemoration of 82 Police Officers who died in the line of duty since the establishment of LMPS.
“These Police Officers were not against 10 commandments as they were all killed performing Police duty whose main job is to protect life and property”, the Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Mrs Bohang Lintle Phasumane said.
She expressed her sentiments when remembering those martyrs who’s the latest to die was Sub- Inspector Mokheseng Ramahloko.
Acting Commissioner of Police Mr. Masupha Masupha also stressed that the main duty of Police Officers is to protect life and property, hence Police should be well trained and equipped with modern equipment like in other countries.
He said it takes almost seven years to train the perfect Police Officer.
“We need to clean our house first”, Acting Commissioner said when condemning Police Officers who are corrupt at work.
He emphasized that they will also face the consequences because they are not above the law.
He was concerned that for the first time in the history of LMPS, the police operations came at halt for a week after a band of army officers attacked Police Stations, killed a Police Officer and wounded several others who were all at work.
“Property was destroyed, which included vehicles and many firearms were stolen during that raid”. The Acting Commissioner said.
The Minister in the Prime Minister’s office Honourable Pitso Maisa indicated that Police Officers need helicopters in order to tackle stock theft which mostly occurred in the rural areas.
He said police have to work hard to protect the community at large.
Amongst very important visitors there were former senior police officers, former commissioners and retired officers.
Several recreational performances such as tag of war, soccer cultural activities were executed.
11 police districts were represented in this occasion.
Crime Prevention Committees from Botha Bothe, Quthing and Phomolong High school took part in different cultural activities and showed support to the LMPS.