INSPECTOR General of Police, Stella Libongani has put in place tight security measures and has assured participating teams, countries and members of the public of peaceful Supreme Council for Sports in Africa Zone Six Youth Games officially commence tomorrow.
Libongani said in a statement that the Zambia Police Service (ZPS) had deployed enough manpower at the Games Village at the University of Zambia (UNZA) Great East Road campus and the five venues that will host the games.
The venues for the Games are Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC), National Sports Development Centre (NASDEC), Mulungushi International Conference Centre (MICC), Sunset Stadium and Nkoloma Stadim which will hold the opening and closing ceremonies for the Games.
"In view of the just commenced 2012 Under-20 Zone VI Games being held in Lusaka beginning today 4th to 17th December 2012, we as Zambia Police wish to assure all participating teams, countries and members of the public that we have put in place measures to ensure that the event is adequately policed.
As much as Zambia is a peaceful country, we have deployed enough manpower at the Games Village and venues to ensure that both property and lives of the participants and spectators are safe guarded," Libongani said.
She said traffic escorts for teams and VIPs to and from the venues would also be provided, while traffic police officers have been deployed to all busy roads to ensure smooth flow of traffic and safe passage to pedestrians.
Libongani said during this period, the ZPS would conduct both motorised and foot patrols at all the venues and the Games Village at the University of Zambia.
The chief of Police, however, advised visiting teams and participants to be security-conscious and ensure that they were always accompanied by designated officials.
"I wish to emphasise the need for all local and international participants to be security-conscious. Visitors should take care of their personal safety by securing all their valuables.
Visitors wishing to go to places such as shopping malls, cinemas or any place of interest should be accompanied by designated persons.
Moving in dark and isolated places should be avoided as these may be havens for criminals," Libongani said.
She said the ZPS had also established police posts at all venues and the Games Village and appealed to people to report incidents of crime and suspicious-looking people to the nearest point.
The police chief urged her officers that have been deployed for the Zone Six Games duties to exhibit high standards of professionalism, saying failing to perform their duties diligently would not only have a negative impact on the ZPS but the nation at large.
"May I also take this opportunity to urge all police officers that have been deployed for these duties to exhibit a high standard of professionalism. Remember, your failing to perform your duties diligently will not only have a negative impact on the police service but the nation at large," she said.