The returning contingent of police officers who were on an international peacekeeping mission in the Darfur region of Sudan were welcomed by the Commissioner General of Police, Cde Godwin Matanga in Harare this afternoon.

Speaking at a reception ceremony for the nine returning police officers at Morris Depot in Harare this Tuesday, Commissioner General Matanga expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the wonderful work the police officers are doing in contributing towards peacekeeping on the African continent.

He also noted that the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) is highly regarded for its professional proficiency on the continent as ZRP Assistant Commissioner Priscilla Makotose is the Police Commissioner for the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

At the event, Commissioner Matanga also bid farewell another contingent of 18 police officers who are departing to perform similar duties in Sudan.

This is the 11 contingent the country has sent for peacekeeping duties in the volatile Darfur since the deployment of the first group of ZRP officers to the region in April 2010.