Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo has said that President Edgar Chagwa Lungu has urged all law enforcement agencies in the country to go beyond their areas of operation to include the continuously expanding cyber space.
In a statement he read at the to the Police officers, Mr Kampyongo said that President Lungu wants more officers to be trained in Information Technology to curb the ever increasing cases of cyber crimes in Zambia, adding that the world has become complex due to the advances in Information Communication Technologies which some unscrupulous people want to continue to abuse.
“To sustain our country’s peace and security, the reach of our law enforcement agencies has to go beyond the conventional areas of operation, to include the continuously expanding cyber space. This calls for law enforcement officers that are well trained in the information and communication technology”
“To enhance the capacity and presence of the Zambia Police Service in cyber, therefore, there is need for well trained police officers in information and communication technologies. The training of both serving and new law enforcement officers in cyber security is a matter of urgency as the country is already experiencing increasing cyber space based crimes”
In addition, President Lungu said the country has increasingly been a target of a well organized misinformation campaign, aimed at undermining the Confidence of the people in their legitimately elected government.
“The growing criminal abuse of information and communication technologies is also posing new public security threats”
He said the rapid changes in information and communication technologies also require security officers to keep learning, to stay abreast of the changes
In this regard President Lungu has since directed the Ministry of Home Affairs “to promote training of all security officers in cyber security at home and abroad and the officers selected for such training must be selected on merit”
Hon Kampyongo said, the Head of State has reaffirmed his commitment and dedication to ensure the safety of people and property in the country.
President Lungu has urged Security institutions to continue doing everything to curb the security threats arising fine conventional and cyber spaces.
“Government expects law enforcement officers to lead by example, especially with regard to upholding the law and ethical conduct. Law enforcement officers should also be wary of those who spread falsehoods and endeavor to bring them to book because spreading falsehoods is a threat and a crime”
And, a total of 693 officers of which 401 are female and 292 are male today graduated from the Zambia Police Service Kamfinsa training School of Public Order Maintenance.