Arron Nyamayaro, H-Metro Reporter
JUNIOR police officers registered their grievances affecting them to discharge duties professionally during the rebranding refresher training programme meant to render quality services to the nation.
Among the challenges were unavailability of stationery, computerisation of police systems, lack of tools of trade including uniforms, communication equipment, transport, fuel and the need to review salaries and allowances.
In his speech at the closing ceremony of the Rebranding Refresher Training Programme for Junior Officers at Morris Depot on Sunday, Commissioner General of Police Godwin Matanga said efforts have already been made to address some of the challenges.
“The rebranding trajectory being undertaken by the Zimbabwe Republic Police demonstrates our unyielding determination to introspect our systems, habits and work ethics and in the same vein transform ourselves professionally,” said CGP Matanga.
“Life has taught us that one’s failure is not in falling, but lies in the failure to rise from falling.
“So, as an organisation, we are aware that in the recent past, there were certain things we could have done better.
“I wish to point out that during the previous courses conducted for officers in Harare and Bulawayo, I had the privilege to interact with your peers.
“A number of issues were brought to my attention including shortage of both office and residential accommodation, the need to refurbish and renovate police stations and other organisational infrastructure.
“As Command, we are seized with these issues while on the other hand, efforts have already been made to address some of them.
“But, before I come to that, let me state that the Zimbabwe Republic Police is a key stakeholder in the maintenance of law and order in the country.
“This is a mandate reposed on the organization by the Constitution. Thus we are duty bound to foster an environment free of crime and one that promotes and safeguard both domestic and foreign investment,” said CGP Matanga.