Inspector General (IG) of Police Lexten Kachama says recent upsurge in criminal activity and the complexities of contemporary crime requires the police to step up their training techniques to adapt to the situation.
He was speaking on Saturday at Police College in Zomba where he commissioned 35 officers who have completed a three-month Command and Leadership Course.
“We have to be on top of our game to thwart criminal elements who have become so sophisticated. Nowadays there are new challenges that the police have to overcome, including terrorism and cybercrime. We, therefore, have to ensure that our training programmes are in line with emerging issues,” he said.
The 35 officers, who were drawn from various police stations and Immigration Department, were trained in a number of management aspects such as human resources, finance and law.
Over the past few months, there has been an upsurge in crime with bank robberies, car hi-jacking and murder.
According to Kachama, the police are currently doing well in terms of trainings courtesy of the government and its development partners who have pumped money for capacity building programmes.
He called on the officers to be vigilant in order to deal with crime.
“Police are always on high alert every minute of the day. We have increased visibility in many areas and this has helped to reduce incidents of crime,” he added. n