Professional cops deserve recognition

Police officers who execute their duties in a diligent and professional manner should be recognised for their service to the nation, says Officer Commanding Mashonaland East, Senior Assistant Commissioner Ronald Muderedzwa.

Officer Commanding Mashonaland East, Senior Assistant Commissioner, Ronald Nuderedzwa.
Officer Commanding Mashonaland East, Senior Assistant Commissioner, Ronald Nuderedzwa.

He made the call at an awards ceremony held here last week.

“Outstanding cops should be decorated at open ceremonies so the public can appreciate their selflessness. This would go a long way towards motivating the recipients and their colleagues. It would inspire the law enforcement agents to excel in their professional endeavours,” he said.

“We need to send a message to criminals that the force is dedicated to duty. Those who break the law can run – but they will not disappear from our radar. At the end of the day, the long arm of law will catch up with them. Convicted serial rapist and robber, Blessing Tsikai, is a case in point. He thought that jumping the border would enable him escape – but he was proved wrong”.

Tsikai was jailed by a Marondera Magistrate recently for 42 years for nine serious crimes.

Muderedzwa urged the business community to emulate traditional sponsors of the awards, Cotton Company of Zimbabwe. “Companies should invest in the fight against crime,” he said.

COTCO has been the sole sponsor of the awards since 2003.

The province recorded a 5% decrease in crime from 20 970 in 2010 to 20 500 in 2011. But Muderedzwa was concerned a gradual increase in cases of assault, robbery and fraud at companies.

Besides benefitting from the citation and cash awards, award-winning cops are given 10 percent bonus marks when they sit for promotion exams.

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