CHALLENGES of transport have continued to hamper police operations, resulting in failure to effectively carry out its mandate, says Copperbelt Province police commissioner Joyce Kasosa.
Ms Kasosa said most police stations in Zambia did not have adequate transport which adversely affected their operations in attending to crime and investigations.
She said while the Government has been trying to provide transport whenever it could, lack of mobility still remained a great hindrance to the performance of the local security personnel especially in rural areas.
“Transport remains a great challenge for the police service and we cannot wait for a time when all police stations will have at least one dependable motor vehicle for operations.
“This has a great bearing on our ability to manage operations where there is urgent need of presence or investigation,” she said.
Ms Kasosa told the Daily Nation that the service should be able to move with modern times by having all tools available for their operations.
“But we are failing to properly manage the criminal challenges in Zambia due to absence of transport,” she said.
She was speaking at a farewell cocktail party on Wednesday night in honour of the former deputy Inspector General of Police, now high commission-designate to Nigeria, Dr Solomon Jere, the Kenya high commissioner-designate and former commissioner Brenda Muntemba and other retired police commissioners.
She however commended Government for the proposed police housing project aimed at improving accommodation for the officers around the country.
Ms Kasosa said it was gratifying to hear the pronouncements from the Minister of Home Affairs Davis Mwila when he toured some police stations in Lusaka and on the Copperbelt that Government had secured funds to construct 10,000 police housing units throughout Zambia.
And Dr Jere said police officers should aim higher than getting to the position of Inspector General because there were other positions to hold outside the service.
The ambassador-designate said his appointment and that of Ms Muntemba should be pace setters for the men and women in uniform to look beyond working for the high command. And Ms Muntemba challenged officers in the solice service to learn international languages other than English to help open up opportunities to work in other regions of the continent and the world.
“I would like to say this to the officers in the Zambia Police; we should improve on our knowledge of foreign languages.
There are a lot of opportunities not just in the region but the international community out there where we can work in different areas,” she said.
President Edgar Lungu recently retired several high-ranking police officers among them Dr Jere and Ms Muntemba who have been redeployed into foreign service.