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However, the detachment platoon rotations came to an end because it was expensive for the government in making these movements. According to the records with Kamfinsa Mobile Unit, it is indicated that the last platoon rotations were done in 1983.
Norman Archibald, 76 years old, was one of the first colonial platoon commanders as the rank of Inspector. He was a B2 platoon commander from 1960 to 1962.
Mr Archibaid who was on a tour of his former work places, recently visited Mobile Unit as part of his Golden jubilee commemoration.
Archibald narrated that he was employed from United Kingdom, (UK), and came for training at Lilayi Police Training College where he underwent training for 3 months as an assistant Inspector, (a direct entrant, now called cadets).
After training, he was first deployment in Lusaka before being promoted to Inspector and picked up the raw of platoon commander at Mobile Unit.
Mr Archibald became MU B2 platoon commander at the age of 22 in 1960 before he left Zambia Police Force in 1963 at the age of 25, to go and start up a career of business of which he has succeeded in opening a number of stable and sound companies in Australia.
Mr Archibald, who was in the country for Zambia's golden jubilee celebrations, spoke with passion that working under MU taught him how to work with people.
The colonial MU platoon structures comprised of an Inspector, as a platoon commander, an assistant inspector as the deputy platoon commander, 2 Sergeants, a senior constable and 40 constables.
During operations, a platoon commander would carry a pistol, a machine gun and some gas grenades. His deputy commander would carry a pistol and gas grenades. Meanwhile, the two sergeants, a head constable and the rest of the constables, would carry the shields and long buttons.
Mobile unit being the first unit to be created in the police force for crowd control and public order maintenance duties, it is as well tasked to provide security to sensitive areas of the country, government installations as well as VIPs.
From just a platoon, the division grew with the creation of other sections according to the structure of a division.
As a Unit, the training wing was the first section to be created followed by companies and platoons. Later on, as the manpower grew due to the training school which was introduced, other sections became fully operational.