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MR. GRAPHEL MUSAMBA  2023  Zambia Police Service, is charged with the responsibility of maintaining peace, law and order in all our communities      country-wide. In order to effectively and efficiently execute its mandate ....Read More

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1.0       Introduction

The Training, Research and Development (TRD), formerly Human Resource Development (HRD), is one of the departments or sections of the Zambia Police Service whose main purpose is to train and develop police officers in order to enhance their performance. The department is currently headed by the Deputy Director, ranked as Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police (SACP) and reports to the Director, Administration.

  1. The roles of the Training, Research and Development (TRD)

The main roles of TRD other than training and developing police officers in order to enhance their performance include the following:

  • Reviewing the training and development needs and formulate human resource policies in line with the mission statement and long-term goals of the Zambia Police;
  • Coordinating and monitoring training needs of both the organization and individual officers to ensure that training satisfies work related needs;
  • Prioritizing recruitment and training to avoid unnecessary waste of scarce resources by ensuring proper provision, administration and control of training resources;
  • Clarifying training roles, responsibilities and determining training levels in a structured modular approach in order to achieve the aim and the long-term goals of the Zambia Police;
  • Supporting and promoting the quality of training, education and development within the police by providing quality training materials, trainers, processes, structures and the use of the most relevant technologies in an endeavour to provide quality service to the community;
  • Carrying out other duties relating to training and development as may be directed by the Inspector General of Police of;
  • Establishing links with other government departments, local and international institutions, industry and the business sector in an endeavour to promote high standards of training;
  • Coordinating the monitoring and evaluation of all training programmes and reporting the effectiveness of training to the Inspector General of Police; and
  • Formulation of training modules and policy related issues;
  • Maintaining a data base of training programmes and trained officers
  • Reviewing of the curriculum for recruits, in-service programs and the Zambia Police Service Training and Development Plan/Policy;
  • Coordinating of courses programs abroad;
  • Processing and facilitating of study leave for officers who intend to pursue studies both locally and abroad;
  • Supervising and coordinating the training activities of the Police Training Schools/College;
  • Organizing and processing funds for local and abroad training programs
  1. Training and Development Objectives

The objectives of training and development in the Zambia Police are:

  • To develop appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes of officers to enable them carry out functions effectively and efficiently at individual, organizational and national levels;
  • To orient and re-orient officers to systems, objectives, rules and procedures, and practices of the police; and 
  • To promote an environment that supports continuous learning.
  1. Alignment with National Policies and Government Regulations

The Zambia Police Training and Development Policy is aligned to:

  • The Public Service Training and Development Policy (PSTDP);
  • Procedures and guidelines for Human Resource Development in the Public Service;
  • Terms and Conditions of Service for the Public Service.
  1. Types of Training
    1. Local Training

The Zambia Police Service conduct training and development programmes under the following parameters:

These are training programs conducted within the country and fall in two categories of short term and long term programmes.

  • Short Term Local Programmes

This type of training mostly covers courses of aduration of less than thirty (30) days.  Short term local training may include the following:

  1. Workshops/Seminars/Conferences
    1. In-House Training (Formation based)
      1. Long Term Local Programmes
        1. Regional and Overseas Training: This type of training may be carried out at police academies, police formations or public institutions and may carry with it a certificate regardless of the period of the study programme.Formations at various levels in collaboration with Training, Research and Development (TRD) shall organise Training Programmes meant to impart specific skills, knowledge, information, attitudes and values in their officers.  This may be in form of lectures and parades.This type of training mostly covers courses of a duration of six (6) months and above and undertaken at various colleges, universities and police academies.
  • Regional training is classified as one that takes place within Africa.
  • Overseas training refers to the type of training pursued outside Africa.
  1. Priorities for Training
  2. Training and Development Plan and its Implementation

The Zambia Police prioritize training that has relevance in improving the performance of the organization.

A training and development plan is a programme of training activities outlining why, how, when and where the training activities will be carried out and at what cost  It further indicates the priority areas where the police underscores training programs to undertaken in a three year rolling period.

In order to promote coordinated training, the following apply:

  • The Training, Research and Development formulate training guidelines;
  • Directorates, divisions and units will prepare and submit their three (3) year rolling plans to Training, Research and Development. The plan specifies the Service No, Rank, department, identified candidate, N.R.C. No, PMEC No, gender, position, job specification, age, present level of training/qualification, training required, level of training required, proposed location of training/venue, duration, sponsor, justification of training and estimated cost/year.
  • The three year rolling training and development plan is updated annually, forwarded to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs for onward submission to the Department of Human Resource Development (DHRD) under the Public Service Management Division (PSMD).


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