Police officers are being equipped with the latest policing trends as the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) starts implementing recommendations made by the Kgalema Motlanthe Commission of Inquiry into the August 1, 2018 post-election violence.
The Motlanthe Commission recommended that provisions of the Public Order and Security Act (POSA) for deploying the military should be aligned with the constitution.
It also noted the police should be given the skills and capacity to deal with rioters and that they should also be trained to be professional and non-partisan.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with the ZBC News in Harare today, Police Commissioner General Godwin Matanga said they have started with Harare where police officers in charge of stations, including their deputies, are undergoing re-training.
“One of the recommendations by the Motlanthe Commission is retraining of police officers and we have already started. A number of officers in charge of police stations in Harare and their deputies are going through their training and I would want to see this happening throughout the country given enough resources that have been made available. So our police officers will be equipped with the latest policing trends and public order management systems that include crowd control skills. The training is also tailored in such a way as to ensure strategies to rebrand and transform the organisation will be in sync with government’s thrust,” he said.
Further, the ZRP is intensifying its fight against corruption, which is another key area of focus by the government.
Commissioner General Matanga said the organisation is putting in place measures to create a conducive policing environment where officers are well-remunerated and properly catered for.
“As the country`s sole law enforcement agency, we are working to make sure that our officers are well remunerated, well equipped and that their welfare is well taken care of. When their needs are met, I am sure there will be no reason for them to get involved in corrupt activities,” he said.
The restructuring and rebranding of the ZRP is expected to win back public confidence.