Police officers should identify themselves

EDITOR — With the increase in people masquerading as law enforcement officers, police must identify themselves when asked to. It’s a matter of prudence and vigilance that the public should exercise.

What is shocking, however, is that police officers are offended when asked to identify themselves.

Just recently, a certain man in civilian clothes asked me who I was. In response I asked him who he was and in what capacity he was asking me to identify myself.

After all, I was not committing any offence; he got agitated and aggressive. He later identified himself as a policeman.

I faulted him for not identifying himself first so that I could know to whom I was responding. I also laboured to educate him on the right approach he ought to have taken. This didn’t go down well with him.

It leaves me wondering, do police officers think they are the only ones with the right to ask others to identify themselves?

Civilians too have a right to demand that policemen identify themselves, except for cases where one is found committing an offence.

The police need to improve their professional standards. I hope those responsible in the police force will take this up seriously.


Comments (6)

I can't agree with you more.It's in zim where the police are a law unto themselves.They go about threatening people, beating the very people they are supposed to protect.There is no professionalism to talk about.This can only be addressed if there is a complete overhaul of force, from Chihuri himself.He has overstayed just like his master.

Tahir Iqbal - 11 October 2015

The polices authority should just print the name and the force number of the officer on their uniforms Shirts front pockets . I think not doing so is promoting corruption to its top level , in other countries that is what they do so when the officer approaches you you can call him by his rank and name , so why is the ZRP not doing that , someone must be answerable to that , parliament we voted you to take our voice into the august house so may you please ask the minister of Home Affairs why they are not printing force numbers and names on police officers uniforms . ICHO

Mudhara - 12 October 2015

truth of the matter is people are joining the police force because they want mari yekucorruption and all hameno kuti patraining are they not taught of protocol plus muharare chete thoz deployed kumusha follow protocol..........help us help u felow countrymen

citizen - 14 October 2015

@Mudhara so they have started doing that (name and forcenumber) on the new uniforms..I have come across a few officers in town sporting the new uniforms...so yes Mudhara..your concerns are being adressed...slowly though

Dj - 16 October 2015

Ooh my God....how can a police officer patrol or discharge his/her duties without an identification and force number. How can you address those concerns now when in fact since Rhodes era all officer had an identification. Its only in the Robbers and Muggers government when these uneducated officers are behaving like that. It is only in the Robbers and Muggers era when useless police officers think they are above the law and they are laws themselves. It is in this Robbers and Muggers era when most of the police officers have been forced to mug and rob innocent citizens all because of poverty in their camps and barracks. It is only during this Robbers and Muggers when police officers in Zimbabwe are being paid more than teachers as a way of bribing and coercing the force into ZANU PF and his muggers. It is only during the era of Robbers and Muggers when all police officers are forced to carry ZANU PF membership cards. It is only in this era of Robbers and Muggers when all police officer are taught about the history of the Zim liberation struggle in order to patronise them into ZANU PF. It is only in the era of Robbers and Muggers when Zim police officers only sing the song of ZANU PF party to avoid being fired from their jobs. Other police officers in the SADC region are professional cops unlike our rats in Zimbabwe

Clemence Tashaya - 26 October 2015

surely our police officers are over empowering themselves and they support each other if you lay a charge against on of their collegues, they will turn around and leave you in cells.Police officers must move with an warrant of arrest and they must do only what they are delegated to do not to extent services to the civilians. extention of services will lead to corruption. and again they must also left some other jobs to city council police such as street vendor issuess such issuess are for city council police not their issue and if it happens that they caught a street vendor selling on prohibited areas the must hand him over to city concil police'. i think clearly stated duties without other duties which they gave them selves will help to reduce a said high rate of corruption within ZRP . Together we can build a better Republic Zimbabwe and buy back our sons and daughers are dispersed all over the world who are now diluting our culture together with new diseases which they brougth from these countries. i thank u


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