ACTING Secretary to the Cabinet Peter Kasanda has launched the new Zambia Police code of ethics with a call on police officers to ensure strict adherence to avoid conflict of interests with their clients.
Dr Kasanda challenged police officers to study the code of ethics thoroughly and make use of it.
“I am urging police officers countrywide to understand the code of ethics and apply it in your day-to-day lives. Don’t let it gather dust,” he said.
He was speaking in Lusaka yesterday at the launch ceremony.
Dr Kasanda said civil servants need to fulfil their lawful obligations to the government of the day with a high degree of professionalism.
He said the Zambia Police Code of Ethics outlines broad principles and behavioural standards which call for a high level of ethical conduct of every police officer.
The new set of ethics, he said, will be applied alongside other existing public service management policies, procedures, guidelines, administrative circulars and instructions issued by his office.
Dr Kasanda further said each police officer, in accepting a public service appointment, accepts personal responsibility for developing and exhibiting positive work ethics.
And Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani said the code of ethics is a product of intense, broad analysis and rigorous consultations with stakeholders.
Ms Libongani explained that the new code does not replace the existing code of conduct or any other public service disciplinary regulations, but rather aims to complement them to enhance institutional performance and excellence.
She urged police officers to observe the new code of ethics to improve their operations.
Meanwhile, Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) executive director Goodwell Lungu said the launch of the code of ethics should not be an end in itself, but rather a starting point in mainstreaming integrity in the daily operations of the police.
Mr Lungu said service delivery which is done with integrity guarantees increased adherence to prescribed procedures.