Home Affairs Minister Davies Mwila says the Zambia Police Service requires recruiting 1,600 Police Officers this year.
Mr Mwila says his Ministry will liaise with the Ministry of Finance for a possible increment on budget so that more officers close to 2,600 are recruited.
Mr Mwila says government has however given his Ministry permission to recruit 500 police officers only.
The Home Affairs Minister was speaking SUnday evening when he featured on ZNBC’ Sunday Interview programme.
“Government has given us a go-ahead to recruit 500 police officers only but that number would entail 50 officers per province hence lam appealing to the Ministry of Finance to consider increasing funding to us to enable us execute this very important exercise,” Mr Mwila said.
The Home Affairs Minister could however, not state how much money is required for the recruitment exercise.
He hoped that the crime wave in the country would reduce when the officers are recruited.
Mr Mwila commended the police officers in the country for working tirelessly though in very difficult challenges.
He appealed to them to remain discipline and loyal to their Commander of the Armed Forces and Head of State, President Edgar Lungu and the entire PF party leadership.
Meanwhile, Mr Mwila has disclosed that 600 prison and 200 immigration officers would also be employed this year in order to beef up staffing levels.