Criminal cops should face stiff punishment
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.