Minister of Defence Justice and Security Shaw Kgathi has highlighted the need to review cyber law regularly to curb growing abuse of social media to offend and defame others.
Kgathi said this on Tuesday at the official opening of 47th Botswana Police Senior Officers’ annual conference in Gaborone.
The one week Conference was held under the theme ‘Towards Safer and Secure Communities; 2019 and Beyond.’
The minister explained that he was pushing for the amendment of cyber law.
He said the police are unable to implement the elements of the law so there was an urgent need to facilitate the officers to be able to use this law effectively.
He noted that every year Parliament passes a series of laws so police officers also need to be trained to be able to implement the same laws.
“Cyber law needs to be reviewed almost every now and then because things move so fast. Those who are abusing social media, the Christmas Holiday are coming to an end. We are going to make the law very tough. We are faced with several emerging challenges like cyber crime, human trafficking, money laundering, drug trafficking and other sophisticated and modern crimes. I call upon police officers to act swiftly and tactically before the emergence of these sophisticated crimes overwhelm us,” said Kgathi
The minister also highlighted the importance of benchmarking both regionally and internationally on policing strategies and initiatives such as response time to crime reports and emergency situations.
Polie visibility, the minister pointed out was one of the best strategies for deterrence of crime and therefore is a proactive way of minimising crime.
Kgathi urged police officers to identify crime hot spots and deploy their human resource according to the dictates of the situation.
For his part, Police Commissioner Keabetswe Makgophe said they have introduced new branches Cyber Forensic and International Relations effective from 1st of April.
He said these establishments would go a long way in improving police effectiveness in investigating cyber facilitated crimes as well as strengthening their international collaboration in the fight against transnational organised crimes.