Vi­tal pub­lic Po­lice in­for­ma­tion

THIS week the po­lice bring you an up­date on how to ac­cess your po­lice sta­tions and their re­spec­tive com­man­ders.

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We ac­knowl­edge and ap­pre­ci­ate that know­ing your po­lice sta­tions helps to eas­ily make re­ports or com­mu­ni­cat­ing your con­cerns if you have is­sues with the man­ner your cases are han­dled by po­lice.

It is our sin­cere wish that as ben­e­fi­cia­ries of po­lice ser­vice, you are prop­erly po­si­tioned and en­abled to mean­ing­fully con­tribute to the way you are po­liced.

To be­gin with, we should all re­mem­ber that one sure way of pre­vent­ing crime is to en­sure that ev­ery crime com­mit­ted is re­ported, ac­counted for and of­fend­ers brought to book.

We brook crime each time we do not re­port its preva­lence among us. There are, how­ever, sit­u­a­tions on the ground that the gen­eral pub­lic need to un­der­stand in terms of po­lice op­er­a­tions and ini­ti­at­ing and con­duct­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion process.

Po­lice sta­tions just like prov­inces are de­mar­cated into ar­eas of polic­ing or ju­ris­dic­tion within each prov­ince. The sta­tions are or­di­nar­ily re­quired to deal with cases that oc­cur within their de­fined polic­ing bound­aries, but then this should never af­fect the pub­lic in any way. A per­son can re­port any case to any near­est po­lice of­fi­cer or sta­tion to their con­ve­nience at any time re­gard­less of the fact that the of­fence took place in an area out­side the sta­tion or of­fi­cer’s area of ju­ris­dic­tion.

The sta­tion’s re­spon­si­bil­ity would now be to en­sure the case is man­aged as far as pos­si­ble which means do­ing all that needs to be done to bring it to its log­i­cal con­clu­sion af­ter which the case can now be trans­ferred to the rel­e­vant sta­tion for fur­ther man­age­ment.

This in­cludes things like tak­ing down the re­port, record­ing of state­ments of com­plainants and wit­nesses, ar­rest­ing of of­fend­ers and re­cov­er­ing and se­cur­ing of ex­hibits or any other form of ev­i­dence.

This then means a per­son can­not be turned away from a po­lice sta­tion be­cause the of­fence oc­curred in an area that does not fall within that sta­tion’s polic­ing area.

For gen­eral in­for­ma­tion, Man­i­ca­land Prov­ince has 30 op­er­a­tional sta­tions each of which is headed by an Of­fi­cer-In-Charge who is re­spon­si­ble for the day-to-day oper­a­tion of the sta­tion. In one pre­vi­ous edi­tion of Crime Watch, we high­lighted that Of­fi­cer-In-Charge at sta­tions can be of the rank of ei­ther Chief In­spec­tor or In­spec­tor, de­pend­ing on the size of the sta­tion.

The size is of­ten de­ter­mined by the sta­tion’s pop­u­la­tion and crime rate.

It is very pru­dent for cit­i­zens to al­ways know which sta­tion is re­spon­si­ble for polic­ing their area of res­i­dence, busi­ness or any un­der tak­ing in ad­di­tion to hav­ing de­tails of the Of­fi­cer in Charge or his deputies at hand.

Mutare Cen­tral Dis­trict, for in­stance, has four po­lice sta­tions namely, Mutare Cen­tral, Dangamvura, Sakubva and Chikanga.

The Mutare Cen­tral Dis­trict com­mand is lo­cated at the Mutare Cen­tral Dis­trict Head­quar­ters.

Due to its ur­ban sta­tus res­i­dents within this dis­trict, of­ten find them­selves in sit­u­a­tions where they are of­ten lo­cated closer to a sta­tion that falls out­side the polic­ing bound­ary of the sta­tion they are ex­pected to re­port their cases to. In this sce­nario their is­sues can be han­dled as high­lighted be­fore.

For your con­ve­nience, we give you de­tails of some of the sta­tion com­man­ders for Mutare Cen­tral dis­trict and other con­tact num­bers.

The cur­rent Of­fi­cer-In-Charge for Mutare Cen­tral is Chief In­spec­tor Rukunda con­tactable on num­ber 0712 297 125.

The charge of­fice num­ber is 02020-64281. The sta­tion has a shift sys­tem and each shift has a per­son who is in charge. For any as­sis­tance on any mat­ter re­gard­ing ser­vices ren­dered, feel free to ask for the in charge in each shift or any se­nior of­fi­cer present but ideally when not sat­is­fied, you may not leave the sta­tion un­less you have seen sta­tion’s Of­fi­cerIn-Charge.

The Of­fi­cer-In-Charge for Dangamvura is Chief In­spec­tor Saku­rungo con­tactable on 0772 657 968 and the charge of­fice num­ber is 02021-31543.

The con­tact num­ber for ZRP Sakubva Of­fi­cer-In-Charge, Chief In­spec­tor Nyadore, is 0715 841 760. The charge of­fice num­ber is 02020-64717 while the one for Of­fi­cerIn-Charge Chikanga, In­spec­tor Tembo, is 0715 753 852. The Charge Of­fice num­ber is 0220-201-300.

The sta­tions men­tioned above re­port to an Of­fi­cer ti­tled Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing Mutare Cen­tral Dis­trict, Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Marume, con­tactable on 0773 015 898.

You can also con­tact the dis­trict, at any given time, through its switch-board num­ber 02020-64212 and re­quest for the op­er­a­tions of­fice.

The Dis­trict Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions Li­ai­son Of­fi­cer As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Zvashura is con­tactable on num­ber 0773 473 597.

We rec­om­mend that you en­gage the sta­tion com­mand in all mat­ters of polic­ing that af­fect you. Be sat­is­fied that the mat­ter has been solved or if not en­sure that you have fully en­gaged the of­fi­cer in charge un­til you are sat­is­fied that he has failed to as­sist you af­ter which you can then seek help from higher com­mand. We will keep you up­dated on de­tails of sta­tions in other dis­tricts in the next edi­tions of this col­umn. ◆

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