Police stations in Arusha region, and probably in the whole of Tanzania are one of the few places where clumsy clicking sounds of archaic manual typewriters could be heard. In preparation to get out of the "stone age" technology, 11 police officers in Arusha recently graduated from a three-month computer course, courtesy of JR Institute based in Sakina.

They were last week awarded with certificates after completing courses in seven computer programmes. They were presented with what is dubbed the " International Computer Driving Licence."

They can now "drive" any computer in the world but the problem is they do not have access to computers at the police station or posts where they are routinely stationed. Just a few bases have one or two pieces.

Efforts however, are now being made to equip police stations with computers. Arusha's Regional Police Commander, Basilio Matei told the Arusha Times that he was liaising with the headquarters in Dar es Salaam to acquire 10 computers for his region, a consignment which is definitely is too small for the force. He said the just ended course was one of the preparation to computerize police stations and posts.

Arusha Times