Pres­i­dent chal­lenges cops Sharpen skills to out­wit mod­ern crim­i­nal syn­di­cates

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Free­man Razemba Harare Bureau

THE Gov­ern­ment is fi­nal­is­ing the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions Depart­ment Se­ri­ous Frauds Com­puter Lab­o­ra­tory and the Au­to­mated Fin­ger­prints Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem, tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments that will see a new and im­proved po­lice force, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe has said.

Speak­ing dur­ing a po­lice grad­u­a­tion pa­rade of 615 of­fi­cers held at Mor­ris De­pot in Harare yes­ter­day, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe also chal­lenged po­lice of­fi­cers to sharpen their in­ves­tiga­tive skills as mod­ern crim­i­nal syn­di­cates have be­come more or­gan­ised and so­phis­ti­cated.

He said of­fi­cers should em­ploy re­search to curb crime.

“These fa­cil­i­ties should go a long way in pro­vid­ing and im­prov­ing po­lice of­fi­cers’ in­ves­tiga­tive and tech­no­log­i­cal skills, which in turn should as­sist in pro­vid­ing strate­gies for com­bat­ing crime,” Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said.

“With­out un­nec­es­sar­ily scar­ing them, grad­uands should be ad­vised, right on their day of grad­u­a­tion, that a ca­reer in the po­lice force is not a bed of roses. I am quite sure that most of the se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers here will read­ily tes­tify to that. We now live in a so­cial en­vi­ron­ment which has ush­ered in novel and so­phis­ti­cated crimes.

“Hu­man traf­fick­ing, money laun­der­ing, terrorism, among other new crimes, which a few years back, were al­most un­known to us. But to­day’s crim­i­nal syn­di­cates are bet­ter or­gan­ised, more preva­lent, so­phis­ti­cated and dar­ing. They have no re­spect for na­tional bor­ders, the sanc­tity of hu­man life, and will stop at noth­ing in their crim­i­nal en­deav­ours.

“Hav­ing said that, let me has­ten to say to the grad­uands the so­lu­tions for such chal­lenges are not given in the course of your work. How­ever, you should be pre­pared to take such chal­lenges as pro­vid­ing you with an op­por­tu­nity to learn. Po­lice of­fi­cers should be pre­pared to sharpen and em­ploy their in­ves­tiga­tive skills. They should re­search more and widely in their cho­sen ca­reers.”

He said the newly qual­i­fied of­fi­cers who pos­sessed fresh minds should take the lead in car­ry­ing out re­search which should help in com­bat­ing crime.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said the Min­istry of Home Af­fairs was ready to sup­port po­lice of­fi­cers who de­sired to con­tinue im­prov­ing them­selves within the force.

“Be­sides the abun­dant joy it brings to grad­uands and in­struc­tors, the grad­u­a­tion day pro­vides in­struc­tors with an op­por­tu­nity for course eval­u­a­tion. The in­struc­tors ask them­selves if the grad­uands they are re­leas­ing into the po­lice force on grad­u­a­tion day have been ad­e­quately trained thor­oughly enough to han­dle old and emerg­ing crimes such as mur­der, rape, fraud, cor­rup­tion and smuggling,” he said.

The Pres­i­dent said the min­istry from time to time sends po­lice of­fi­cers to re­fresher cour­ses, sem­i­nars, in-ser­vice and work­shops.

He said the grad­uands cov­ered sub­jects such as po­lice du­ties and in­ves­ti­ga­tions, crim­i­nal law, foot and arms drill, first aid, mus­ketry, the Po­lit­i­cal His­tory of Zimbabwe and pub­lic or­der man­age­ment.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said this core cur­ricu­lum, which was cov­ered in about a year, was de­signed to pro­duce trainees with a mastery or rel­e­vant skills and knowl­edge in polic­ing.

“But such skills and knowl­edge can only en­able the newly qual­i­fied po­lice of­fi­cials at the ini­tial stages of a ca­reer in the po­lice force.

“The grad­uands will have to rely heav­ily and learn quickly from their day to day ex­pe­ri­ence, which they gain as they grasp the re­quire­ments of the ca­reers they have just be­gun to­day,” he said.

Mean­while, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said each time he was hon­oured to of­fi­ci­ate at the ZRP grad­u­a­tion pa­rade, he looked for­ward to the oc­ca­sion with much an­tic­i­pa­tion and hap­pi­ness.

“On the grad­u­a­tion day I find myself watch­ing spell-bound and in full ap­pre­ci­a­tion, im­mac­u­lately dressed young men and women, march­ing in uni­son, in quick and slow steps. The grad­uands do this in an ex­tremely ab­sorb­ing way.”

The grad­u­a­tion pa­rade was at­tended by min­is­ters, se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, po­lice of­fi­cers and mem­bers of the Zimbabwe De­fence Forces.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe re­ceives flow­ers as a to­ken of ap­pre­ci­a­tion from Makanaka Saki (left), More­b­less­ing Sv­in­u­rai (cen­tre) and Zvikom­borero Ndhlovu af­ter of­fi­ci­at­ing at the Zimbabwe Repub­lic Po­lice 2016 Pres­i­den­tial Grad­u­a­tion Pa­rade at Mor­ris De­pot in Harare yes­ter­day. (Pic­ture by In­no­cent Makawa)

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