President Edgar Lungu has directed the Police to ensure peace and safety during and after the Presidential and general elections.
And President Lungu said he had information that some opposition political leaders were proposing violence as an option because they under pressure because of imminent defeat.
President Lungu said the Police should create an environment conducive for a free and fair election.
He was speaking on Friday evening at the Zambia Police annual ball at Mika Convention centre in Lusaka.
He said the task ahead of the police service was to ensure law and order among Zambians regardless of their political affiliation.
President Lungu said politics were just one aspect of the broad facets of life and did not expect police to allow anarchy just because the perpetrators were politicians.
He advised partisan police officers to resign so that they could join politics. President Lungu has since advised those willing to offer participation in a fair competition, to be prepared to accept the outcome of that competition.
He warned politicians against having victory as the only option of the outcome of elections.
And Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja has appealed to Government to consider recruiting 3000 more police officers during the 2016 election and beyond.
Mr Kanganja also said insufficient manpower had proved a challenge in fighting crime countrywide.
He warned police officers against partisan politicians.