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Police urged to retrain MTTD personnel before arming them

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The Bureau of Public Safety wants the Police Council to halt the arming of Police Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate MTTD officers pending their retraining and sensitisation.

The Bureau in a statement argued that arming the MTTD personnel without first equipping them with the requisite soft skills will heighten Police-citizen tensions. The Bureau suggested that the Police develop a strict protocol for engaging citizens in various scenarios.

It also insisted that the retraining of Police personnel with needed soft skills is crucial to prevent or reduce escalated conflicts that may lead to injuries and loss of lives, adding that all Police personnel should be equipped with basic policing equipment such as radio, bulletproof vest, a less-lethal tool, and a lethal tool (pistol).

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