GOVERNMENT will this year recruit about 1,500 police officers, Minister of Home Affairs Davis Mwila has said.
Mr Mwila said another 1,500 police officer cadets will be recruited next year.
Speaking during his tour of the Copperbelt, Mr Mwila said the ministry is waiting for treasury authorisation from the Ministry of Finance to start the recruitment exercise.
“Once the treasury authorises, we will commence the recruitment of officers,” he said.
Mr Mwila said Government has decided to conduct simultaneous recruitment of police officers to enhance staffing.
The last recruitment exercise was done in 2014 when 1,100 officers were enlisted.
Mr Mwila said that the 2014 recruitment was to replace staff that had died and those who had retired.
The minister said that departments in the Ministry of Home Affairs are understaffed and hopes that the recruitment will alleviate this challenge.
Mr Mwila is hopeful that the recruitment of more police officers will also enhance security in the country.
He assured that the recruitment exercise will be transparent and that all applicants will be accorded an equal opportunity.
Meanwhile, Mr Mwila said Government will continue constructing houses for police officers countrywide to improve standards of living for staff.
Zambia Daily Mail