The governments of Zimbabwe and Belarus have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Belarussian police force for training and equipping counter-terror and specialised anti-crime units of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP).
Speaking after signing the MoU with Belarussian Internal Affairs Minister Lieutenant-General Igor Shunevich in Victoria Falls on Monday, Zimbabwean Home Affairs Minister Obert Mpofu said the training drills will cover counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics, smuggling and human trafficking.
“Following our discussions earlier, we agreed that Zimbabwe will be sending police officers to Belarus to identify other areas where we need co-operation.
“There will be a crack force sent for training in their various areas of expertise. The crack team is going to Belarus in the next few days,” Mpofu said.
Zimbabwe will soon receive expert Belarusian police teams who will examine local policing systems and advise on how these can be developed, restructured and modernised.
He said like many countries in the region, Zimbabwe was grappling with “areas of concern” around high priority crimes such as terrorism, human and drug trafficking and money laundering.
Mpofu said Zimbabwe has a lot to learn from the Belarusian police force, which runs a state-of-the-art police academy offering specialised anti-riot policing courses which are in high demand in Southern Africa.
The government of Belarus will provide financial and material requirements of the training and exchanges programmes.
Shunevich said the Zimbabwean police will benefit immensely from co-operating with Belarus in combating crime because it has better equipment, training programmes and technology.