A South African initiative has been launched to equip detectives in Lesotho with the necessary knowledge and skills to present cases to the court for prosecution.
This follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the South African Insurance Crime Bureau (SAICB) and the Lesotho Mounted Police Services (LMPS) in 2015 to enhance the fight against crime, especially vehicle-related crime. The South African Insurance Crime Bureau has compiled a programme to enhance the capacity of vehicle crime investigators in the mounted police.
“The SAICB considers the Lesotho Mounted Police Services as crucial in the fight against crime impacting on the insurance industry. Investing in training of detectives will ensure that especially cross border vehicle crime can be addressed effectively. Partners in the training project are Tracker, Datadot, SAPS, LMPS, ABSA Insurance and Standard Bank Vehicle Asset Finance,” said Louwrens Liebenberg, senior project manager, SAICB.
The first Capacity Building Workshop held in Lesotho for 25 LMPS detectives from different Police Stations and Specialised units was officially opened by Deputy Police Commissioner Molibeli on the 15 February 2016. During his address to the participants, the Commissioner emphasised the vision of the LMPS to enhance the expertise of its members by also involving the private sector.
The workshop will be dealing with various aspects impacting on vehicle crime investigation including legislation, vehicle identification, gathering of evidence and interviewing skills.