Thanks for restor­ing pride in our po­lice

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - COMMENT -

IN RE­SPONSE to your ar­ti­cle “Use of po­lice spikes banned”, I say that is a very wel­come de­vel­op­ment. Our po­lice were now look­ing like Vik­ings.

In­deed, the Iron Age has come and gone and it is time to re­deem our of­fi­cer who had been taken far back into his­tory.

I bet even the of­fi­cers them­selves are happy be­cause it took a lot of en­ergy to carry those spiked metal bars.

I re­mem­ber when they started us­ing them they were nearly two me­tres long.

In most cases I would feel sorry for some of­fi­cers who looked to­tally de­jected just drag­ging the spikes.

Then some­one thought he had found a so­lu­tion to weld a por­ta­ble spike, se­ri­ously!

The metal para­pher­na­lia was a to­tal re­gres­sion and took away the self-es­teem from our po­lice by mak­ing them look like scrap metal deal­ers.

Surely, it was an in­sult to have a grownup woman or man leave their fam­i­lies only to be equipped with spiked metal bars to do their du­ties in a world where oth­ers use so­phis­ti­cated elec­tronic traf­fic polic­ing sys­tems.

I also sug­gest the elim­i­na­tion of spot fines, and sub­se­quently cor­rup­tion. At a road­block, if an of­fender does not have the pre­scribed fine, the po­lice must is­sue a ticket and in­struct them to pay later within a spe­cific time­frame.

They should send the de­tails to the CVR and Zi­nara so that if the of­fender fails to pay, they are charged when re­new­ing ve­hi­cle li­cences.

This will en­sure we don’t make in­di­vid­ual po­lice of­fi­cers rich, but rev­enue goes to Gov­ern­ment.

Clap­per­ton Mu­lawuzi, Bu­l­awayo.

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