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Investigations into PTC deaths on

The Minister of Police and Public Safety, ’Mamoipone Senauoane

Feb. 22, 2021 2 min read

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INVESTIGATIONS into the death of four police recruits who died while on training at the Police Training College (PTC) in Maseru are at an advanced stage, the Minister of Police and Public Safety, ’Mamoipone Senauoane has confirmed.

The deceased, who included three women and a man entered police training about a week ago.

Mrs Senauoane said the cause of the quartet’s death has not yet been determined, however, promising that intensive measures have been taken to ensure that the other recruits remain safe.
She said upon arrival at PTC on February 15, all the recruits were screened for COVID-19 and other diseases, adding that everybody was pronounced healthy and fit for training.

But, she said it later emerged that one of the female recruits was pregnant and she was sent back home.

The minister has passed her deepest condolences to the bereaved families, the King and his government as well as Basotho for this loss, assuring the nation that the situation is under control.
The Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) released admissions for police recruits on February 9.
The police service was established in 1872, with an initial strength of 110 men. It adopted military discipline and rank structures from 1878. In the 1950s, it moved towards a civilian police operation.

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In 1958, it replaced its military rank structure with conventional civilian police ranks. Originally known as the Basutoland Mounted Police, the force later changed its name to Lesotho Police, then Lesotho Mounted Police in 1966 and Royal Lesotho Mounted Force in 1986.
Today, along with many other police services across the globe, it has adopted the style 'police service' in its current formal name of the LMPS. LeNA


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