DMI Saint John Baptist University has offered scholarships of 35 per cent for serving police officers and 25 per cent for spouses and children of the Malawi Police Service (MPS).
The university also offered free courses in Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) and used its laboratories located at the Mangochi, Lilongwe and Mzuzu campuses to enhance the knowledge and skills of officers.
Speaking during the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the university and MPS, DMI University Council Secretary Reverend Father Sonder said there is a need for law enforcers to be equipped with new technology, methods and ideas as society has changed too.
Law enforcement faces rapid change, with challenges on all fronts. The pace of change is accelerating with the emergence of new forms of crime, advanced technology and strained relations with communities altering the basis of policing as incidents move from local to national in seconds.”
To provide a path to change, he said, the foundation has partnered with the police to provide technology and training for their workforce.
He said the police need to understand the importance of the updated technology if it is to serve society.
In their partnership among others, the two institutions will jointly develop a curriculum that will provide officers with continuous learning and capacity building with proposed courses such as Master of Science in Digital Forensics and Information Security, Master of Science in Cyber Security, Master of Arts in Criminology as well as Diplomas and Degrees in different areas of security.
MPS Inspector General (IG) George Kainja praised the university for the offer saying the scholarships will go a long way in ensuring that many police officers have the opportunity to continue their studies.
“Let me take this opportunity to ask the university to consider increasing scholarships,” he said.
He said other institutions offered a higher scholarship of up to 45 percent.
The IG further said that the foundation would benefit more by increasing the scholarships, the same for the police.
He has challenged the university’s management to consider developing more police-oriented programs.
He said that technology, environment and climate change have made modern policing require certain skills of police officers.
So Kainja said police would benefit more from the partnership if the foundation developed programs that could help men in uniform deal with emerging crime and work with the community.
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