NEDBANK Lesotho this week donated personal protective equipment (PPE) worth M6000 to the Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS).
The donation is part of the financial institution’s corporate social investment (CSI) initiatives.
The PPE will be used at the Police Training College (PTC) to promote wellness and wellbeing, the bank said.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Nedbank Lesotho managing director Nkau Matete said the gesture was inspired by the knowledge of the challenges that the college has been going through.
The bank initiated the partnership earlier this year after observing the challenges that police officers in the frontline were facing in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The financial institution therefore felt it was important to contribute in a meaningful way to the well-being of young police officers who are beginning their careers at the PTC.
“The bank had consulted senior officers in the service on some of their current needs and we felt that direct support to the PTC through PPE would be crucial,” Mr Matete said.
Over the years, Nedbank Lesotho has enjoyed a remarkably fruitful relationship with the LMPS and through the service’s support, the bank is able to provide safe and secure financial services, he said.
Mr Matete said the banking sector, including Nedbank Lesotho, cooperate with the police on many security initiatives including the fight against money-laundering, fraud perpetuated by local and international crime syndicates and cyber-security.
“This partnership and collaboration continue to be one of the cornerstones of the stability of the banking and financial services sector,” he said.
On his part, Commissioner of Police Holomo Molibeli said the donation would also benefit the nation at large as it will aid officers in delivering services to the nation.
he also lamented the increase in criminal activities like vehicle theft in recent months but warned that the police would soon launch a crackdown.
“We have already put in place strategies to find the criminals and we are urge them to stop because it will not end well for them,” Commissioner Molibeli said.