Southern Region Police on Tuesday trained officers on standard operating procedures for child protection amid Covid-19 pandemic.
In an interview, Southern Region Police community policing deputy director Alex Simenti said they want to assist victims during the pandemic.
He said: “We want to promote children and other vulnerable groups.
“So, the training will equip officers with knowledge of key principles and best practices in the provision of services amid Covid-19.”
Simenti also called on parents to work with government to protect children, especially from getting pregnant as schools remain closed.
On his part, child protection officer Amos Mthudzi said the training will help him handle issues of abuse in communities.
He said: “The pandemic has affected us since we work with communities.
“We were failing to conduct some of the programmes, but the training has equipped us with skills to find other ways of engaging communities.”