The Botswana Police Service (BPS) has embarked on an intense cyber intelligence campaign to spy on members of the public.
President Ian Khama revealed this during the State Of the Nation Address (SONA) yesterday.
The President confirmed that cyber crime and computer forensics function is being established within the Police Service and is going to be fully capacitated in terms of laboratories, storage and security facilities including highly skilled workforce.
“Government is therefore embarking on large cyber investigation, cyber intelligence and cyber forensics capacitating process for the Police Service," he said.
He explained that the police rapid technological development has had a serious impact in policing the world over.
“Crimes involving digital computers, digital networks and or material stored in digital continue to pose the greatest challenge to modern policing. The modernisation of the Botswana Police Service has therefore become a priority for my government. To that end, the Botswana Police Service is in a drive to inculcate the use of technology in its business processes in order to improve effectiveness and efficiency of its service delivery,” he said.
This will be supported by the enhanced cyber crime and computer related acts which the Ministry is in the process of reviewing to bring it in line with developments in the cyber sphere,” Khama said.
The President also noted that Botswana has experienced a tremendous increase in the number of Internet users.
He urged members of the public to work together with the police in order to fight crime.
The President said the effectiveness of crime prevention cannot come from only having police officers on the streets, but also a consequence of meaningful collaborations between citizens and law enforcement.
“Members of the public have been able to mobilise themselves through their neighbourhood self-policing initiatives with the realisation that their security and that of their property begins with them,” said Khama.
This comes after the police just launched their 60 days of action on crime and road safety.