The head of the Zambia Police on Monday formally welcomed eight Chinese nationals into its reserve wing in an effort aimed at enhancing security and fighting crime.
The eight Chinese nationals have joined the reserve wing as senior officers from the rank of reserve superintendent to reserve assistant commissioner.
Kakoma Kanganja, Inspector-General of the Zambia Police commended the eight Chinese nationals for joining the reserve wing, adding that the police could not effectively fight crime on its own and it requires the support of all well-meaning people.
The police chief said the significance of the reserve wing could not be over-emphasized as there was currently a disparity in the police population ration in Zambia, with one police officer attending to 750 people unlike the international standard ratio of one police officer to 250 people.
According to him, the police reserve wing was an important component of the Zambia police in the enforcement of law and crime prevention.
He, however, urged the eight Chinese nationals to conduct their duties within the confines of the law.
Zhao Min, director of the consular department of the Chinese Embassy in Zambia, thanked the police for taking in the Chinese in their security work, adding that it was a sign of confidence in them.
While acknowledging that Chinese have been working with the police to provide security and fight crime, the embassy official added that the official appointment will enhance their work.
The formal appointment, he added, will also serve as a bridge between the police and the Chinese community and expedite the handling of cases associated with the Chinese people in Zambia.
Zhang Jian, President of the Zambia Chinese Association, promised that the Chinese reserve police officers will work within the law and promote the cooperation between the police and citizens in order to create a peaceful and safe environment.
The Zambia Chinese Association, which donated two vehicles to the police, also pledged to build five police offices in the existing Chinese Neighborhood Watch areas in order to enhance the capacity of the police in preventing crimes.
He further revealed that security conditions of Chinese enterprises have improved since December 2015 when the association signed a memorandum of understanding with the police. Enditem