POLICE SCIENCE PROGRAMME TO REVOLUTIONIZE POLICE PROFESSIONALISM
The Police Science Programme will revolutionize the policing profession and add value to Police education which has always had that aura of being underrated and not adequately recognized.
This was revealed by the National Commissioner of Police – Isaac Mmemo Magagula during the inauguration and official launch of the Diploma in Police Science Programme held at Matsapha Police Academy on Monday. Magagula stated that the launch ushers a new dawn in Police training frameworks and is a major step in ensuring that the Organization remains relevant in a highly competitive and inquisitive society. He noted that society is filled with criminal elements that are becoming more sophisticated in their wicked activities of perpetrating crime and this demands that the police are consistently a step ahead in their analytic insight and crime fighting prowess.
The National Commissioner revealed that the driving desire to revolutionize and upgrade Police training by introducing the Police Science Diploma is to ensure that police officers are properly capacitated to tackle the policing challenges that are manifesting in a modern, dynamic and educated society. He stated that the programme is embedded with the necessary tools to broaden intellectual horizons of officers to better understand the psyche of the criminal mind in order to be able to devise appropriate techniques of hedging society from the vagaries of crime.
The Police Science Programme is a product of a Partnership Agreement on Training Support courtesy of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University Of Swaziland (UNISWA) and the Royal Swaziland Police Service (RSPS) signed in December 2016. The first batch of participants comprises of thirty (30) Police officers from various Police Stations in the country who were selected on basis of operational experience and meeting the Admissions Criteria of the University of Swaziland. It will include courses such as Criminology, Community Policing, Crime Prevention and Detection, Global and Regional Security, Forensic Investigation, Comparative Policing and Legal Studies amongst others.
Magagula paid homage to His Majesty The King for commissioning the Police Academy which will be always enshrined in the organisation’s annals of history. He further extended appreciation to the University Senate for approving the Diploma in Police Science Programme as well as the University Task Team which worked in collaboration with the RSPS in the processes of its introduction. He also expressed sincere gratitude towards the Swaziland Higher Education Council (SHEC) for providing assistance and advice in regards with all the necessary requirements of having the Academy registered and accredited.
The National Commissioner congratulated the students and challenged them to seize the learning opportunity to enhance their performance and the profile of the Police Service. He urged them to be committed and diligent with their studies to ensure that the programme runs seamlessly and reaches the projected levels.
Speaking during the inauguration, UNISWA’s Professor Mike Masuku applauded the National Commissioner for initiating the partnership between the RSPS and UNISWA sating that any investment in knowledge pays with best interest. He expressed appreciation towards the University Senate and SHEC for approving the partnership and the programme and expressed hope that it will grow from strength to strength.