Ndirande Police Station through the community policing office has embarked on a Child Drug and Alcohol Abuse campaign aimed at protecting primary and secondary school learners from smoking and beer drinking. Ndirande Police Community Policing Coordinator Sergeant Laudan Kayira said the station had been receiving tips from parents, chiefs and teachers that some of the students in the area take beer, mostly dangerous spirits, when going to school. In some cases, some miss classes because of this behavior.
“We started this exercise by closing all the shops and places which are selling prohibited alcohol as well as those that are operating illegally without a license because these are the people who are promoting bad behavior to the children. When we are done with this phase, we will also visit all the schools which are in Ndirande Township where we’ll be meeting the pupils and advise them on dangers of smoking and drinking,” said Kayira.
He said the exercise will end only if the police notice improvement in the behavior of youths. The Police have asked teachers and parents to give them reports on how the children are behaving both at school and home so it will be easy for the cops to get a clear picture about the change of behavior.