The Zambia Police Service (ZP) has said the use of horses was an effective way of carrying out policing duties because it provided efficient non fatal means of controlling civil disturbances such as riots in the country.
ZP Deputy Inspector General Solomon Jere said it was for this reason that the Police service needed to train many men and women to undertake training in horse riding.
Dr. Jere was speaking at the closure of the equitation course for 20 police officers at Mounted Section in Lusaka’s Sikanze Police Camp today.
Among the graduates, 15 police officers are males while five are female.
He said it was a great achievement in the service to have 25 percent of graduates being female adding that the mounted unit has been a male dominated one.
Dr. Jere has since encouraged the graduates to put the skills that they have acquired into good use.
He further urged them not to abandon their skills by preferring to join other sections.
And speaking earlier, Mounted Unit National Coordinator Maxwell Hamooya said his team was ready to execute policing duties that will make the service meet its expectations.
Mr. Hamooya thanked government for allocating funds to purchase horses for his unit.
He however said the unit was facing some challenges such as lack of an ablution block and lack of a classroom block among others.
Mr. Hamooya also pointed out that the non availability of a veterinary doctor at the unit was costing the service colossal sums of money.
He said the Police Service was paying private veterinary doctors a lot of money, a situation he said could be avoided if the service employed one.