Ticket-handling oriented police – Malawi 24

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About 30 police officers from Mangochi Police Station have been trained in handling banknotes and dealing with counterfeit cases by the Reserve Bank of Malawi.

The orientation which aimed to impart knowledge to law enforcement when managing and enforcing RBM regulations was held Thursday at the Fort Johnstone Hotel in the District.

Addressing the participants, Currency Officer Muopeni Ngwalu pointed out that one of the roles of the police in currency management is to help RBM conduct an awareness campaign on counterfeiting.

Ngwalu added that law enforcement must be aware of all the security features of banknotes that will help them detect counterfeit money easily.

“The nature of your job requires you to engage with the public at all times, hence our call to work hand in hand to disseminate information to the public,” Ngwalu pleaded.

Echoing the same, Deputy Superintendent Sam Ndiwo of the National Police Headquarters Community Policing Branch urged participants not to take the training for granted as the MPS chose Mangochi Police Station out of all of them. Eastern Region police formations.

Attendees were also asked to bring to the reservation anyone found stepping on banknotes, handling them with soiled hands, putting banknotes in damp places and writing on them to to name just a few.

Among other topics, law enforcement was trained on the three levels of currency authentication and had a hands-on session on the security features of Kwacha banknotes using manual and ultraviolet light.

The RBM has also observed with great concern the refusal to use K20 and K50 tickets by some company personnel. Attendees were called to warn the public that these notes are still legal and everyone is free to use them in monetary transactions.

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