HARARE - Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko has exhorted Zimbabwean police to make efforts to ensure the public gets full measure of their service.
Mphoko was speaking at the graduation ceremony of 508 police officers at Morris Depot in Harare yesterday.
He said while the law gives certain powers to the police, there was need for the officers to be rational when they discharge their duties.
Mphoko also called on the police to bear in mind that the community always looks up to them for protection from criminal harm as well as entrenching a crime-free society.
“Exercise these powers within the limits of the law,” Mphoko said.
“I urge each and every one of you to always uphold the law, abide by the values of ZRP, its code of conduct and related regulations.
“Discipline is the cornerstone of success. Above all, carry out your duties with professionalism, loyalty, integrity and transparency.”
The graduation of the 508 police officers, out of which 277 were males while 231 were females, was also attended by top Zanu PF officials including Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo, and several ministers.
Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, Senate president Edna Madzongwe, and Home Affairs minister Kembo Mohadi also attended the ceremony.
The graduands underwent a rigorous six-month training course with subjects including Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23, police powers, procedure and the law of evidence, human rights, police duties and investigations, among others.
Mphoko also expressed displeasure in the way lives are being lost to road carnages on the country’s highways.
He called on drivers and other road users to always exercise caution.
“It is exceedingly critical that a robust multi-sectoral strategy is stimulated if the nation is to put an end to the debilitating carnage and continued loss of lives on our roads,” he said.