The Acting National Commissioner of Police on Tuesday sent a delegation led by Senior Deputy National Commissioner – Sula Dlamini to pay a courtesy call to the New University of Eswatini Vice Chancellor – Professor Justice Mandla Thwala.

The purpose of the courtesy call was to acquaint the Vice Chancellor with the concept and progress of the Police Science Programme which is a collaboration between the Royal Eswatini Police Service (REPS) and the University Of Eswatini (UNESWA). This was to ensure that the programme gets all the necessary support as may be required for its seamless continuation from the Vice Chancellor’s office.

Speaking during the meeting Senior Deputy National Commissioner congratulated the Vice Chancellor on his appointment to such a high profile position and assure him of all the necessary cooperation and support that may be required from the Royal Eswatini Police Service. He applauded the existing relations between the two entities which was cemented by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in 2016 and climaxed through the introduction of the Diploma in Police Science Programme facilitated by UNESWA lecturers and qualified REPS officers.

Dlamini emphasized that it is crucial that the Police Science Programme continues seamlessly for the betterment and effectiveness of the Police Service. He further extended hearty gratitude to the University for its continuous support with regards to the training and development of Police Officers. He revealed that a large number of police officers hold UNESWA qualifications in various fields which is vital for policing in a society where people scrutinize all decisions taken by the Police Service.

In response, the Vice Chancellor promised to sustain existing collaboration between the two entities and to support the seamless continuation of the Police Science Programme. He also stated that the University will explore other areas of training especially in the forensic science investigation field to ensure that the Police Service is well capacitated and remains relevant in a technology dominated world. Thwala further noted the need to identify other short term focused courses to develop police personnel in order to be equipped to deal efficiently with contemporary law enforcement challenges.

Other members of the delegation included Deputy National Commissioners – Ross Maseko and Vusi Masuku as well as Assistant Commissioner – Vusi Gama who is the Head of the Leadership & Management Studies Faculty at the Matsapha Police Academy.