POLICE officers should at all times remain non-partisan in their discharge of duties and promote the sense of professionalism, Home Affairs Minister Davies Mwila has advised.
He said this during the official opening of the 2016 Zambia Police Commanders conference held at Mika Conventional Centre.
Mr Mwila said Government would not tolerate police officers ‘‘who want to eat with both hands’’ by siding with politicians.
He added that the officers had a duty to ensure that they maintained high levels of discipline.
Mr CMwila applauded the police for their achievements in combating crime across the country and that he was glad that that the Zambia Police service’s strategic plan was aimed at reducing crime by 50 per cent and other offences by 60 per cent.
He said the plan proved to be in the right direction as statistics so far indicates that between 2013 and 2015 crime reports had continued to reduce.
He further indicated that the move was a true reflection of their commitment and dedication to their duties.
Mr Mwila urged the officers to continue working very hard and ensure that they eventually meet their targets by December, 2016 adding that once this was achieved it would in turn create a safer and secure environment for all.
He further urged the Officers to ensure that adequate and appropriate measures especially against political violence are motivated, designed , implemented and coordinated throughout the election period and beyond.
And Police Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja has thanked Mr Mwila for Government’s support for procuring 180 motor vehicles and 180 motor bikes as this would easy up the transportation challenges and enhance operations.
He said he was also happy that the officers have worked very hard in crime reduction as statistics showed that a total number of 42, 090 incidences of crime in 2015 compared to 47, 490 incidences of crime recorded in the same period of 2014 representing a reduction of 11.4 %.
He said it was his wish to commend the commanders for putting in place measures aimed at reducing crime in their respective provinces.
However Mr Kanganja said he was disheartened to note that the road traffic accidents had continued to record increased road accident which have resulted in deaths, injuries and damages to property.
Records show that in 2015, Road Traffic accidents were recorded at 25, 238 by third quarter compared to 24, 109 in the same period representing a 4.5 percent increase.