DMI St. John Baptist University has offered a 35 per cent scholarship to serving police officers and a 25 per cent to the spouses and children in the Malawi Police Service (MPS).
The university has also given free Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) courses and the use of their laboratories based in Mangochi, Lilongwe and Mzuzu campuses to enhance the knowledge and skills of the officers.
Speaking during the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the university and MPS, Secretary for University Council of DMI, Reverend Father Sunder, said there is need for law enforcers to be equipped with new technology, methods and ideas as the society has also changed.
“Law enforcers are facing rapid change with challenges on every front. The pace of change is increasing with new forms of crime, advanced technology and tense relationships with the communities are shifting the very foundation of police work with incidents going from local to national in seconds,” he observed.
To provide a path for change, he said, the institution has partnered with the police to provide technology and training for their work force.
He said the police need to understand the importance of updated technology if they are to serve the community.
In their partnership among others, the two institutions will jointly develop a curriculum that will provide officers with continuing learning and capacity building with proposed courses such Master of Science in Digital Forensic and Information Security, Master of Science in Cyber Security, Master of Arts in Criminology as well as Diplomas and Degrees in different fields of security.
MPS Inspector General (IG) George Kainja commended the university for the offer saying the scholarships will go a long way in ensuring that many police officers have an opportunity to further their studies.
“Let me take this opportunity to request the university to consider increasing the scholarships,” he said.
He said other institutions have extended with a higher scholarship of up to 45 per cent.
The IG further said the institution would benefit more by increasing the scholarships, the same to the police.
He challenged the university management to consider developing more police oriented programmes.
Technology, environment and climate change have made modern policing demand specific skill sets from police officers, he said.
Kainja therefore said the police will benefit more from the partnership if the institution develops programs that can assist men in uniform in dealing with emerging crimes and working with the community.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :