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POLICE officers must be alert and carry out their duties in a professional manner, says Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of operations Charity Katanga.

She cautioned police officers to be wary of politicians who would want to use them to their advantage. Ms Katanga was speaking when she officiated at the commemoration of the 41-Intake 10th anniversary at Kamfinsa Mobile Unit School of Public Order Maintenance in Kitwe yesterday.

The commemoration was held under the theme “10 years of hard work, discipline and dedication.” Out of the 350 officers that graduated from the school, six are deceased, six resigned from the service while one is serving a jail sentence. “We have over the past years witnessed situations where some officers have fallen prey to some politicians who have used them to their advantage.

Be wary of such politicians,” she said. Ms Katanga also commended the team for building an ablution block at the school as part of their 10th anniversary commemoration. She said the contribution towards the construction of the block for the members of staff at the school would go a long way in contributing towards the smooth running of the school and service delivery.

Ms Katanga said the officers had put a permanent mark in the history of the Zambia Police Service which she said would not only serve as an inspiration to the school but also to other intakes to come. Earlier, the school’s Divisional Commander, Patrick Bili, advised the officers to continue upholding discipline and professionalism if they wanted to remain relevant in the service. And intake chairperson, Enock Kambilima, said the officers had remained resolute and determined despite the challenges they had faced in the last 10 years.

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