‘Police must work with communities’


HARARE – Police officers should meticulously understand communities they work in if the battle against crime is to be won, a senior police commander has said.

Deputy provincial police boss for Mashonaland East, Parton Mbangwa told a crime management workshop organised by Marondera businessperson and head of the provincial crime consultative Committee, Cleopas Kundiona, that not until the community is involved, a crime free society will not be achieved.

“Many times we find cases failing to reach their final conclusion in time due to various reasons, among them, negligence, corrupt tendencies, and lack of knowledge on the subject,” Mbangwa who is also head of police operations in the province said.

“The society has its own needs structure for which we need to be aware of at all times,” he said.

The crime management workshop tackled issues to do with management of sexual offences, stock theft, community policing and corruption within the force.

Kundiona — who also runs a group of colleges in the province, said police officers should strive to include the communities in which they work in to fight corruption.

“Effective policing must flourish on the goodwill and cooperation with the whole community from whom any police force derives its legitimacy,” said Kundiona.

“The police must strive to educate the masses so that they identify the objectives and functions of the police as their own. In turn, they must feel that the people’s needs and aspirations are also their own,” he said.

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