GIS - 08 October, 2015: A three-day awareness campaign ‘Nous é Votre Sécurité’ organised by the Vacoas Police kickstarts today in the compound of the station. The campaign focuses on prevention of road accidents, domestic violence, juvenile delinquency, theft, avoidance of illegal drugs, as well as telephone and computer misuse.
Specialised police units are participating in the awareness campaign. They comprise: Vacoas Police, Emergency Response Service, Traffic Branch, Road Safety Unit, Anti-Drug and Smuggling Unit, Crime Prevention Unit, Police Family Protection Unit, Cybercrime Unit and Central Crime Investigation Division. Red Cross Mauritius is also present.
A parade today along John Kennedy road from Vacoas traffic centre to Vacoas police station marks the official launching of activities. The parade comprises representatives of the Emergency Response Service, the Police band, the Police Scout, Station staff, community representatives and the traffic police. A Police Awareness pavilion with several stalls has been set up within the Vacoas Police station.
The stalls are themed on ‘Risk, dangers and avoidance Of Road Accident, domestic violence, drug abuse and other crimes’; ‘Don’t Drink & Drive’; ‘Speeding kills’; ‘Seat belt saves life’; ‘Say No to Drugs’; Prevention of theft and crimes; ‘Pa Bater Proteger’; ‘Danger internaute!’; and ‘Nu Capave Evite Accident’. Red Cross Mauritius will also make presentations on saving life in road accidents. Moreover, drawings and paintings on the above themes and produced by pre-primary and primary students from schools in Vacoas are being exposed in the pavilion.
The campaign is incorporated with a digital dimension to live up with the prevailing technology trends. The main target audience are children who are important ambassadors to convey police message to their families, friends and other adults.
The awareness campaign is in line with the strategic direction of the Mauritius Police Force (MPF) “Improving the quality of life” which aims to instil in the public the various risks, hazards and negligence which can affect their quality of life, and to encourage them in adopting rational steps for their protection against road accidents, thefts and crimes, domestic violence, illegal drug abuse, and phone and computer misuse.
Another objective is to inspire all ranks within the police towards the necessity to embrace change, creativity and innovation in policing and to value the proximity of police with the community in line with the Central Division Action Plan 2015-2016 emphasising on “Quality Service With Pride and Care”.
Developing community esteem and good perception towards the Police and promoting a good public image is another underlying aim of the awareness activity. It comes to complement the standing role of the MPF in the station area as regards ground police operation and education to secure the community.
Mr G. Dilmahamod, Assistant Superintendant of Police and Station Commander at the Vacoas Police Station, points out that a study of statistics on crime and other occurrences in Vacoas station area revealed that comparatively to other station areas in Central Division, Vacoas station holds the larger number of road accidents, fatal road accidents, larceny, and domestic violence cases. Hence the need to sensitise the public and reduce the risk factors associated with crime, accidents, larceny, domestic violence, computer and phone misuse which make people in the community miserable, he stresses.
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