HOME Affairs Minister George Simbachawene has said that recruitment of form IV leavers is still relevant to the development of the police force.
"We cannot recruit only youth with high academic qualifications because we have different fields requiring ordinary form IV leavers with simple pass. Actually they are the ones who remain on the ground as duty bearers," the Minister said.
He was speaking at the closing of a two-month police sergeant course held here.Mr Simbachawene dismissed as baseless claims that the ongoing selection and recruitment of police officers include form IV failures.
The Minister asked members of the public to pay no attention to the rumours and concentrate on fighting crime and protection of the land by exposing dubious deals and suspected criminals in the country including perpetrators of violence against children and women, and radicalism threats.
"Let us work closely to maintain peace and stability, while remaining vigilant on rapists and people trying to get involved in terrorism acts. We hope that the just graduated police sergeants will use their expertise to boost prevention and detection of crime and the maintenance of public order," the Minister said.
"Do your best in serving people honestly as there is life after police service, therefore good relations with people is important, mainly enforce laws without harassing people," Mr Simbachawene said as the Commissioner of Police (CP)-Zanzibar Mohamed Hassan said Zanzibar is currently safe place.
CP said violence against children and women and use of narcotic drugs, dominates the number reported cases in Zanzibar and "Police have been working with other forces to ensure the crime is controlled."
The police sergeant course was held at Ziwani police training centre with 1,287 included and 247 women graduated after theory and practical training which involved police officers from different regions of united republic of Tanzania.
The head of the training centre Agostino Senga challenges at the centre include insufficient space for the different exercises, "We the government to allocate new land with enough for the training programs"