The Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) and other security services say they are encouraged by the co-operation they are receiving from members of the public in their efforts to maintain law and order throughout the country.

In a statement released to ZBC News this evening, the ZDF and other security services also said Operation Restore Legacy has made significant progress since its launch on the 15th of last month.

They however noted a disturbing trend in the reporting of criminal and other cases by members of the public who have not followed normal procedures for reporting crime.

The ZDF said reports are wrongly directed to officials for reasons that include kinship advantage, personal relationship or friendship and direct link between the victim and the senior public official to whom the report is conveniently made.

It is therefore said when cases are reported in this manner, procedures of recording, investigating and managing of such cases tend to get compromised.

This invariably risks delay in investigation of cases or resolution and many such cases may also be left unresolved thus denying justice.

The ZDF and other security services are therefore reminding members of the public that it is in the interest of timely justice delivery to report all cases to the nearest police station where records of cases are opened, investigations initiated and management of such reported cases pursued.

They said in terms of Section 219 of the Constitution, it is the responsibility of the police to detect, investigate and prevent crime.

The ZDF and other security services want to assure the nation that they will go all the way to ensure that their operations and programmes will be people-centred in accordance with the vision of His Excellency, the President, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa.