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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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Photo: Front view of Lilayi Police Training College


Lilayi Police Training College is located in the Southern part of Lusaka (the capital City of Zambia) off Kafue Road. It is about fifteen (15) kilometres from the Kafue Roundabout (Central Business District of the City). Driving along Kafue Road from the Kafue Roundabout maintain the southern direction going through Kajima Roundabout and Linda Roundabout. At the third Roundabout (Lilayi turnoff) turn to the left. From this Roundabout it is about four (4) kilometres to the College.


The rich historical background of Lilayi Police Training College dates back to 1955, when Livingstone Training Depot was closed. At this time, police officers used to train together with the Judiciary officers and the syllabus was tailored according to the British enacted laws. The trainees were drawn from Nyasaland (Malawi), Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and Northern Rhodesia (Zambia). This programme was phased out at the beginning of 1965 after Zambia attained her political independence. During colonial era the courses offered to police trainees were Drill and Law. The black (African) instructors at Lilayi Police College were involved in teaching Drill while the white (Caucasian) instructors taught law.


The Zambia Police Training College is mandated to provide training and development to the Zambia Police Service officers to meet the highest national and international policing standards of competence and integrity in order for them to carry out their national duties professionally with respect to human rights and dignity.


To provide high quality law enforcement education, training and development that meets national and international standards with a view to create a safe and secure Zambia.


The college functions through the following departments and sections:

  1. b)Chief Training Office:
  2. c) Law and Police Duties:
  3. d) Drill, Weapon Training and Physical Education:
  4. e)Dog Section (K9):
  5. f)Police Sciences:
  6. g)Criminal Investigations Training:
  7. h)Driving School:
  8. i)Engineering and mechanical workshop:
  9. j)Band Section:
  10. k)Research and Planning:
  11. l)Police Intelligence Office:
  12. m)The Library:
  13. n)Motor Transport Office:
  14. a)Command and Administration:

The College is headed by the Divisional Commander previously called the College Commandant. The Divisional Commander is of the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP). The Deputy Divisional Commander is the principal assistant to the Divisional Commander and assumes command in the absence of the Divisional Commander. The Deputy Divisional Commander is of the rank of Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police (SACP). The Divisional Senior Staff Officer is in charge of Human Resource management and Administration.

The Chief Training Office superintends all matters related to training and human resource development. The various departments and sections involved in training report to this office on all matters pertaining to training.

The Department is responsible for teaching various courses pertaining to law, Human Rights, ethics and First Aid. The Department offers practical application of Police work to recruits through Model Police facility.

This Department is responsible for teaching drills (foot, arms and riot drills). Furthermore, it is responsible for teaching self-defence (unarmed combat), musketry, field craft and physical education.




Photo: An instructor demonstrating martial arts skills taught in Self-defence class.


Headed by the Dog Master, the Department is mandated to breed and train dogs and handlers as well as conduct dog operations that include patrols, guarding, searching and tracking. It also offers Initial and Basic Dog Handlers’ courses.


Dog section


Photo: Graduating Dog Handlers with Police dogs


The Department is responsible for teaching various courses that pertain to management, criminal psychology, sociology of crime, community policing, and communication skills among others.

The Department provides basic and advanced training in criminal investigations and Scenes of Crime management.

Offers Basic driving and riding courses to in-service police officers. The Department also offers VIP driving to defence and security personnel.


Driving school


Photo below: In-service Police Learner drivers 




Photo above: In-service Police Learner rider


The section provides technical support by repairing and servicing police motor vehicles.




Photo: Zambia Police Service Brass Band.


The Zambia Police Service Band has its headquarters at Lilayi Police Training College. It is headed by the Band Master. It comprises the Brass section and the Jazz section. The Band performs at State and private functions within and outside Lusaka on request. The Band is responsible for teaching music to officers selected to be trained as Bandsmen and women.

The Department is responsible for monitoring and evaluation of training programmes.

The Department is responsible for the provision of crime intelligence in the area and teaching security education.

A well-stocked library with a wide range of books that are related to various disciplines that include law, education, business, public administration, psychology, religion, technology, literature, pure science and other social sciences, among others.

Headed by the Motor Transport Officer the section is responsible for the smooth running of police motor vehicles.

  1. o)Divisional Quartermaster Stores:
  2. p)Mess:
  3. q)Information Technology and Communications:
  4. r)Armoury:
  5. s)Chaplaincy:
  6. t)Camp Provost:
  7. u)Police Inspections:
    1. Basic training of personnel joining the Zambia Police Service. These include Cadet Assistant Superintendents and Recruit Constables.

The section is responsible for receiving, storing and issuance of rations and police accoutrements.

The mess provides board and lodging to police officers on request.

The section is responsible for information management and communication through designated police channels.

Responsible for the storage, servicing and issuance of firearms, range discipline and firearm safety.

The Unit offers counselling services and spiritual guidance to police officers and their families.

The office is tasked with allocation of housing units, cleanliness of the camp and discipline in the camp.

The section is responsible for maintenance of police infrastructure in the College. It comprises Carpentry, Bricklaying, Plumbing and Electrical Units.


Lilayi Police training College is responsible for the following training functions:

  1. In-service Police courses that include Promotion courses (PROMEX), CID and Traffic Training, Middle and Senior Management courses as well as Junior and Senior Commanders’ courses.
  1. Other Government and private security wings’ staff training courses. These include Immigration, Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC), Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA), Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA), Parliament Security, Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) Security and Larfage Security, among others.

ZRA Graduation


Photo: A squad of DEC In-service trainees posing for a squad photo with the Guest of Honour DEC Commissioner Ms Alita Mbahwe after their graduation ceremony at Lilayi.

  1. Driving and riding courses. These include Basic and VIP driving courses to both Police officers and Defence and Security personnel.
  1. Dog Handling Training Courses. These include initial and Basic Dog Handlers’ courses to both in-service and private organisations.


Lilayi Police Training College has undergone robust transformation over the years in terms of expansion of syllabi and training and development of members of the Zambia Police Service. Hence forthwith, in line with the Zambia Police Service Mission Statement which was developed in 1994 when the Police was reformed, the College has endeavoured to equip Security personnel with the knowledge and skills they require to efficiently carry out their work, taking into account changes in the legal, social and political environment of the country which may add to or change the responsibility of members of the Zambia Police Service.

Thus subjects taught include but are not limited to the following

  1. Police Duties
  2. Criminal Psychology
  3. Sociology of Crime
  4. Community Policing
  5. Dog Handling
  6. Criminal investigations
  7. Traffic Management
  8. Police Ethics
  9. Human Rights
  10. Music
  11. Communication Skills
  12. Criminal Law
  13. Laws of Evidence
  14. Criminal Procedure Code
  15. Computer Skills
  16. First Aid
  17. Statutes
  18. Health Living
  19. Security Education
  20. Management
  21. Field Craft
  22. Weapon Training, and
  23. Self-Defence

NOTE: The Inspector General of Police may authorise any other course to be undertaken at the Institution at any time of the year.


Police Recruitment


Photo: Pass out parade for police recruits of 2018 intake



A candidate for appointment as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent must be:

  1. A Zambian Citizen;
  2. Between 18 and 30 years of age;
  3. A graduate with at least a first degree obtained from a recognized university;
  4. Not less than 1.65 metres in height for males and 1.60 metres for females;
  5. Medically and physically fit with normal vision, with or without the aid of glasses;
  6. Without a criminal record; and
  7. Single and of good character.

A candidate for appointment as Constable must be:

  1. A Zambian Citizen;
  2. Between 18 and 25 years of age;
  3. Not less than 1.65 metres in height for males and 1.60 metres for females;
  4. With a chest measurement of not less than 80 centimetres deflated (male candidates only);
  5. A holder of a full Grade 12 School Certificate (with at least credit passes in English Language, Mathematics and any science subject);
  6. Without a criminal record;
  7. Medically and physically fit;
  8. Single, of a sound mind and of good character.

NOTE: The Inspector General of Police may use discretion to accept any qualifications for someone to join as a police officer.

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