Turn Back Crime is champion at Swaziland regional police games

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The Prime Minister of Swaziland has launched his country’s Turn Back Crime campaign with a call for citizens to foster a ‘zero tolerance’ attitude towards crime, and so reinforce regional peace and security.

The launch – based around the theme of keeping organized crime out of sports – took place during the ninth edition of the Southern Africa Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (SARPCCO) Games.

The campaign was inaugurated in the presence of ministers, diplomats, the Swaziland Police Chief, the SARPCCO Chairperson, who is also South Africa’s Chief of Police, and top representatives from INTERPOL’s Regional Bureau in Zimbabwe.

Swaziland is now implementing Turn Back Crime through a series of targeted regional crime awareness workshops to help people understand the dangers of organized crime and how to protect themselves, their families and their businesses. 

“Organized criminal groups are involved in corruption in sport on a colossal scale, operating across international borders and generating huge profits which are then channelled into other illegal activities. Turn Back Crime will raise awareness of how all of us – from police to athletes to the general public – have a fundamental role to play in stopping this kind of crime in its tracks”, commented the Police Chief during the launch. 

Held at Manzini City, Mavuso Sports Centre on 23 July 2015 under the banner of the SARPCCO Games “policing through sports”, the two-week event brought together more than 2,000 spectators and 1,500 athletes, representing 14 police forces from the region.

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