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Cyber crime rises

INSPECTOR General of Police (IG) Kakoma Kanganja says the country has registered an increase in the number of cyber-crimes during the coronavirus pandemic.

ZANIS reports that the Police IG has urged the public be alert and not allow cyber fraudsters to swindle them out of their hard earned money.
Mr Kanganja has since sent a warning to perpetrators of cyber crime that their days are numbered.

Speaking when he received a donation of a computer laboratory from the 34th intake of 2000 that were trained at the school of Public Order Maintenance at Kamfinsa Mobile Unit, as a way of commemorating their 20 years of service, Mr Kanganja praised the officers for the gesture to supplement government efforts.

Mr Kanganja said the importance of the computer laboratory cannot be over emphasized considering an increase in criminal activities being committed through the cyber space.

He said in order to mitigate the abuse, the police service will continue to train officers in computer and cyber crimes related courses to ensure that they have necessary skills to counter cyber crime.

He pointed out that the infrastructure and equipment donated will benefit members of the Zambia Police and the general public through enhanced operationalized police duties.

“President Edgar Lungu and his government have embarked on modernizing Zambia Police from constructing of new housing units to acquiring assortment of uniforms, vehicles and anti-riot equipment. The step taken to install cameras
on highways is a game changer as it is aimed at making police operations much more efficient and effective, thereby enhancing the peace and security of the country,” he said.

Meanwhile, the police IG has thanked the officers for their 20 years of service in ensuring that law and order in the country is maintained.

Mr Kanganja said the country is equally indebted for their many sacrifices and efforts made and have continue to make by putting service first in a quest to ensure peace, law and order is maintained.

He described the attainment of 20 years in service as a milestone which only goes to tell that they have been a crop of disciplined and dedicated officers.

He has since urged the officers to use their experience gained to mould young officers into disciplined and resilient officers.

He further implored the officers to keep their integrity intact and help build and sustain the confidence of the Zambian people in the police service.

And speaking earlier at the event committee organizing chairperson Charles Mundemba said the officers decided to partner with the command by rehabilitating one classroom at Kamfinsa School of public order maintenance and turn it into a computer laboratory as a way
of giving back to their former school.

Mr Mundemba said the works and purchase of accessory equipment costed K240, 000 thousand.

He brought to the attention of the command that among the intake celebrating 20 years of service, a number of them were still occupying low ranks.
Kamfinsa mobile unit commanding officer Patrick
Bili thanked the officers and appealed to the command to transfer an expert in information technology (IT) to manage the facility.

The 34th intake of the year 2000 have celebrated their 20th anniversary celebrations of service under the theme “20 years of professionalism, dedica- tion and working together in modernizing the Zambia Police Service for a safe, smart and prosperous Zambia.”

– ZANIS

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