Gaborone — President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi says he is aware of challenges faced by Botswana Police Service (BPS) which require sufficient resources to develop it into a globally competitive outfit.
"This requires a deep understanding and accurate anticipation of future crimes, consistent with where the government is going," he told police officers during a familiarisation tour of the Special Support Group (SSG) camp on March 21.
He said as custodians of law and order, the police had to look after the country's assets.
"The economic trajectory that I want us to go to, demands that we grow that asset base so that the trail of growth and the direction and pace be understood by you. That will position you to be able to protect the peace and tranquility that we yearn for," he said.
Dr Masisi said transforming the country into a knowledge based economy required capacity to acquire, develop new skills, innovating new technologies and systems. Therefore, he said, copyright law, patent, cyber crime and cyber security laws should be put in place.
Meanwhile the President has praised BPS for the successes it has achieved locally and internationally
He noted that the 2019 World Justice Project Rule of Law Index placed BPS at position 44 out of 126 countries worldwide, which he said was commendable because it put the country in a positive light.
Dr Masisi said BPS had displayed professionalism comparable with the best performing police services globally.
He welcomed the introduction of safer city project and smart policing initiative which he said were a step in the right direction.
Dr Masisi said following a salaries consultancy on the public and security sectors, government had approved equivalence in grading across the board effective April 1. For example, he said entry level for constables would be B1 instead of B3 while officers ranked superintendent and serving as station commanders would be upgraded from D4 to D2.
He said the changes were being implemented in a quest to motivate and cushion them from job-related disadvantages.
About the dilapidated structures in the camp, he said there should be proper cost analysis to determine whether to refurbish or build new ones.
Source : BOPA