THE government has said it fully supports plans by the Tanzania Police School (TPS) to embark on different new projects and courses including that of introducing a diploma course in cybercrime and digital forensic investigations.
Police force’s decision comes due to the fact that such types of crimes are currently the world’s biggest challenges.
The guarantee was issued in Moshi District by Home Affairs Minister, Mr George Simbachawene when addressing the school’s trainers and students, over the weekend, which was part of his official visit to the region.
“These types of cybercrime and cyber theft are the biggest challenges in the world right now and it is in this area that many people are affected as conmen use modern technology to con others”, he said.
He said the training would also contribute significantly to the fight against various forms of crime including illegal immigration, human trafficking and various other challenges.
Mr Simbachawene also commended the TPS leadership for the good work in producing police officers who, he said, were doing commendable jobs in ensuring the safety of civilians and their properties.
“What I can advise you is to do extra work in making sure you produce honest officials who will do their job with integrity as that is what the people and the government expect from you,” he said.
Mr Simbachawene went on to say that there was a need to extend the initial training of the police force from the current nine months to 12 months so that they could receive additional police training, especially those related to integrity and patriotism.
“The main aim here is to ensure that TPS produces professional and patriotic police personnel for the nation; by doing this you will also be complimenting President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s efforts to ensure that development goals are achieved,” he said.
He added, “President Samia has already shown her satisfaction in what you are doing so far as far as your commitments are concerned by approving the promotion of 26,464 police officers out of a total of 34,106 government officers who were promoted within the institutions under the Ministry of State for Home Affairs”.
The minister also advised the TPS management to make sure it continues to be well organized during its processes of admitting new students as well as when continuing to provide training so that the nation would end up getting ethical police officers.
Earlier, the TPS Commandant Senior Assistant Commissioner for Police (SACP) Ramadhan Mungi said that the leadership of the college had planned to launch several projects with the aim of ensuring its financial independence apart from the subsidies it receives from the government. He mentioned some of the projects as driving school, training for dogs used for protection, training on how to deal with cybercrime and how to deal with various forms of fraud.