Crim­i­nal cops should face stiff pun­ish­ment

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

EDI­TOR — Po­lice­men who have been caught com­mit­ting crimes or con­victed of var­i­ous of­fences should face dou­ble the pun­ish­ment.

This is be­cause they are hurt­ing the very peo­ple they are sup­posed to pro­tect and that con­sti­tutes a bla­tant be­trayal of trust which the pub­lic af­fords them.

It is sad that on a reg­u­lar ba­sis one reads sto­ries about cops who have crossed the law with the fake road­block heist in Harare be­ing the most re­cent of the un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dents.

Some­times in times of trou­ble one is prompted to go to the po­lice for either as­sis­tance or in­ter­ven­tion, but with re­cent events the peo­ple are left on their own to face their emerg­ing tribu­la­tions.

The nu­mer­ous road­blocks also don’t help the sit­u­a­tion be­cause it is now dif­fi­cult to dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween bo­gus and gen­uine cops. There is need to nor­malise the po­lice­gen­eral pub­lic re­la­tions through clearly defin­ing the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion el­e­ments which as­cer­tain whether or not one is a gen­uine mem­ber of the po­lice force.

Some­thing has to be done about the sharp in­crease in cases in­clud­ing bo­gus cops as well.

It is al­ready painful for one to lose their hard-earned valu­ables or money to thieves and I am sure it is more dif­fi­cult if the per­pe­tra­tor was mas­querad­ing as a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer. Moyo Paradzai, Dzi­vare­sekwa.

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