PRISCILLA MWILA, Lusaka
MINISTER of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo has called on members of the public to report police officers involved in illegal activities to his ministry to enhance transparency and accountability in the police service.
Mr Kampyongo said the police officers must uphold high levels of honesty and integrity in their operations.
He said the police service is the anchor of national security hence the need for officers to be credible, resilient and reliable at all times.
Mr Kampyongo was speaking when he officiated at the commemoration of the Police Day under the theme â€˜Enhancing professionalism and accountability to provide a safe, secure and peaceful environment for allâ€™ in Lusaka yesterday.
â€œThe police service was established to protect lives and property and maintain order, thereby proving a conducive environment for social and economic development of the nation. All officers should serve the people of Zambia with honesty, valour and patriotism. The corrupt, criminally-minded and compromised persons should not aspire for careers in the police service,â€ he said.
Mr Kampyongo said police officers should endeavour to place the nation ahead of their personal interests.
He said Government is committed to rebuilding and modernising the Zambia Police Service and ensure it remains a credible institution for preservation of peace and security.
And Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja urged police officers to be sober and approachable to members of the community as they are the key co-operating partners of the service.
Mr Kanganja commended police officers for working hard and serving the public despite the many challenges they face.
Meanwhile, NKOLE MULAMBIA and KUNDANJI SINKOLONGO at Kamfinsa report that Copperbelt Province Minister Bowman Lusambo has called for professionalism in the police service to improve performance and instil public confidence.
Mr Lusambo said unprofessional conduct by the officers has contributed to the erosion ofÂ morals and values hence the need for professionalism.
â€œI, therefore, call on Copperbelt Province police commissioner Charity Katanga to design programmes that will sensitise the public on the danger of corrupting the police so that the partial restructuring programme of police can be implemented,â€ he said during the commemoration of Police Day in Kitwe at Kamfinsa School of Public Maintenance yesterday .
Mr Lusambo said Government is also committed to providing health services to the police to maintain a healthy workforce and improve productivity and he urged the police service to review the work policy in areas of HIV/AIDS and other related ailments.
Over 450 officers were given medals for long service and bravery.
In Kabwe NANCY CHUNI, reports that Central Province Minister Sydney Mushanga has urged the Zambia police service to ensure the security of the people and the bill of rights is upheld.
Speaking at the Kasanda police during the Police Day celebrations, Mr Mushanga said Zambia Police Service should enforce the law firmly and fairly in order to provide a safe, secure and peaceful environment.
Mr Mushanga also commanded the police officers for reducing crime in the province.
PRISCILLA MWILA, Lusaka