Government says it will embark on establishing a Police Academy in Luanshya district in order to provide in-service training for police officers.
Home affairs Minister Ngosa Simbyakula said the academy will be established before the end of this year.
Dr Simbyakula said the police academy whose foundation stone will be laid before the end of the year will enhance professional development and ensure quality service delivery in the police service.
He was speaking in Luanshya today when he officially opened Mabungo Police Post in Mikonfwa Township, constructed at a cost of K250 000 using the Constituency Development Funds (CDF).
Dr Simbyakula observed that economic development can only thrive where there is peace and security, therefore government intends to engage in the continuous recruitment of police officers to better police presence in all parts of the country.
The Minister also said his ministry would expose police officers to continuous professional development by introducing modern investigative technologies and scientific innovations to increase police capacity in combating crime in a more effective manner.
He further appealed to all constituency leadership across the country to consider the construction of descent accommodation in their plans as they construct police posts to ensure prompt execution of duty by officers.
Dr Simbyakula noted that government shall continue to actively involve citizens in the priority setting and project implementation in communities such as the building of the police post as government.
He observed that modern policing required partnership between the police and the community, urging Mikonfwa residents to corporate with police to rid the area of any criminal elements.
And Luanshya Central Member of Parliament Stephen Chungu acknowledged the vision and direction given to parliamentarians by President Michael Sata.
He said the vision was to be part of the development process at constituency level and explain the national strides government was making to ensure sustainable development.
Mr Chungu said he was committed to responding to almost all areas of social economic sectors in the district as recorded by the number projects implemented so far.
Speaking at the same occasion Luanshya District Commissioner Harold Mbaulu said Luanshya has in the recent past faced various criminal activities which have threatened the security of the residents.
Mr Mbaulu appealed to the community to coordinate with the police in abetting criminal activities in the district by remaining vigilant and report to the police any suspicious situations.
Meanwhile Luanshya District Police Officer Commanding Zachariah Magawa said the completion of the police Post would help combat crime by enhancing effective policing of Mikonfwa area.
Mr. Magawa said proximity was an important factor in enhancing quality service delivery and effective community policing.
He further appealed to government to address both the accommodation and transport challenges faced by the police service in the district to ensure quick response to criminal alerts ion the district.
The Minister was flanked by the Deputy Inspector General of Police Solomon Jere among other security officers.