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PO­LICE Com­mis­sioner-Gen­eral God­win Matanga on Wed­nes­day said it was dis­turb­ing to note that of­fi­cers de­ployed on pa­trols and traf­fic op­er­a­tions were not per­form­ing their du­ties to ex­pec­ta­tions.

He said most of them were al­ways seen at­tend­ing to their mo­bile phones and lean­ing on pil­lars.

Comm-Gen Matanga said a few weeks ago he launched the Pa­trol Unit and the ra­tio­nale be­hind this was to in­crease po­lice vis­i­bil­ity and to de­con­gest Harare.

The po­lice chief said this while ad­dress­ing po­lice of­fi­cers in the city af­ter vis­it­ing Harare Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion yes­ter­day.

“What is dis­turb­ing is the fact that the much sought vis­i­bil­ity, in my view, has re­mained a pie in the sky and one is left to won­der for how long shall this be? If by chance you hap­pen to see de­tails on pa­trol, you are cer­tain to no­tice one or two things.

“It is ei­ther they will be lean­ing against build­ings or pil­lars too en­grossed in at­tend­ing to their mo­bile phones obliv­i­ous of what is hap­pen­ing around them in line with their duty, or if they are walk­ing, you can tell from their body lan­guage that they are more like peo­ple tak­ing a stroll as op­posed to per­son­nel de­ployed pur­posely to pre­vent and de­tect crime,” said Com­mGen Matanga. He said also spoke on road­blocks. “To call some of the set-ups road­blocks, is ac­tu­ally to overly dig­nify it. I there­fore call upon all com­man­ders to en­sure that mem­bers are prop­erly and suf­fi­ciently briefed prior to de­ploy­ment and there­after ef­fec­tively su­per­vised.

“Road­blocks should be prop­erly manned and mem­bers de­ployed should be an­i­mated and show con­fi­dence in what they would be do­ing.

“The prac­tice of con­strict­ing the way by shut­ting one lane and then di­rect at mo­torists to sim­ply pass with­out stop­ping and at­tend­ing to them is im­proper,” he said.

Added Comm-Gen Matanga: “Of­ten­times you see po­lice of­fi­cers caus­ing un­nec­es­sary traf­fic bot­tle­necks by at­tend­ing to a mo­torist right in the lane in­stead of a search bay that al­lows oth­ers to pass. Such a scenario ap­par­ently irks mo­torists and acts in cross pur­poses with our or­gan­i­sa­tional vi­sion.”

The po­lice chief chal­lenged com­man­ders to en­sure that of­fi­cers de­ployed for pa­trols and traf­fic en­force­ment were prop­erly and suf­fi­ciently briefed and ef­fec­tively su­per­vised.

Comm-Gen Matanga said the on­go­ing re­struc­tur­ing of the po­lice force will see some posts abol­ished if deemed re­dun­dant.

Comm-Gen Matanga said in Novem­ber last year, Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa stressed the need for all po­lice of­fi­cers to adopt a new work ethic.

“This new work ethic en­tails that ev­ery po­lice of­fi­cer must put the wel­fare of the cit­i­zens first be­fore own com­fort and ad­vance the in­ter­est of the na­tion first be­fore per­sonal con­sid­er­a­tions.

“We there­fore ought to de­liver qual­ity ser­vice that is char­ac­terised by vis­i­ble and re­spon­sive polic­ing pred­i­cated on a high level of pro­fes­sion­al­ism, ded­i­ca­tion, team­work, unity of pur­pose and loy­alty to both the or­gan­i­sa­tion and the coun­try. Strong su­per­vi­sory mech­a­nisms must there­fore be de­vised at all tiers of the po­lice hi­er­ar­chy to en­hance our op­er­a­tional and ad­min­is­tra­tive ef­fi­cacy,” he said.

“As I have pre­vi­ously stated on var­i­ous po­lice plat­forms, my en­dur­ing de­sire is to see most of the per­son­nel be­ing de­voted to op­er­a­tional du­ties.

“This op­er­a­tional tra­jec­tory re­quires ad­di­tional staff for de­ploy­ment by op­er­a­tional sta­tions hence the on-go­ing re­struc­tur­ing ex­er­cise.

“This in­evitable process will ul­ti­mately re­sult in the abol­ish­ment of cer­tain posts and the thin­ning of some sec­tions iden­ti­fied to be re­dun­dant or per­form­ing du­pli­cate roles,” said Comm-Gen Matanga.

The meet­ing was at­tended by Deputy Com­mis­sion­ers-Gen­eral In­no­cent Mat­i­biri, Le­vie Sibanda and Josephine Sham­bare, the of­fi­cer com­mand­ing Harare Prov­ince Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Elias Mvere and se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers from Harare and the Po­lice Gen­eral Head­quar­ters.

Comm-Gen Matanga

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