Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers in Matabeleland South Province have been reminded that the force is not a place for desperate job seekers but individuals who are committed to ensuring that the safety of citizens is guaranteed.
This came out during the launch of the provincial patrol unit in Gwanda.
Many a times when police are assigned do to patrols, there is a tendency to dodge such assignments despite repeated calls by citizens for increased police visibility.
The ZRP said it will not tolerate such indiscipline as its members have a responsibility to ensure the safety of the country’s citizens.
Speaking during the launch of the Matabeleland South Patrol Unit, the acting officer commanding police in the province Assistant Commissioner Clayman Mquguka conceded that crime reduction and prevention can be achieved when there is visible police presence within the community.
“One of the effective ways of preventing crime is the presence of a disciplined, knowledgeable, duty conscious and committed uniformed police officer in the streets or on patrol removes the opportunity to commit most crimes,” he said.
Municipality of Gwanda deputy Mayor Councillor Albert Ndlovu welcomed the development saying it will give residents a sense of safety while the vice chairman of the provincial Crime Consultative Committee Mr Themba Nyathi said rural communities are also looking forward to increased police presence in the rural areas in order to help curb stock theft.
“The town has been recording worrying cases of murder over the past few years, i believe that if we have more police officers patrolling our streets, criminal activities will surely go down,” said Councillor Ndlovu.
Mr Nyathi said; “We have a major problem of stock theft in our province, we hope the Patrol Unit will also be visible in our rural communities”.
The occasion also saw the police launching the Decongestion Unit which will help ensure free flow and movement of traffic and curb road accidents.