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The Zimbabwe Republic Police through its Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in areas of software enhancement and staff development between the two institutions.
The partnership is expected to break new ground as the university will assist ZRP to develop and deploy robust software systems in areas such as scenes of crime, Central Criminal Bureau, Forensic Science Laboratory, Cyber Laboratory Criminal Intelligence Unit, just to mention, but a few. This will increase efficiency and minimise time taken in carrying out some tasks such as investigation of cyber crimes by the law enforcement agency.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Deputy Commissioner General (Crime), Stephen Mutamba, who was the guest of honour implored police officers to embrace the partnership as it will go a long way in ensuring that police are not only relevant, but a step ahead in the digital society.
“It is prudent for me to highlight that we are policing a 21st century society where rapid technological advancements have become the order of the day. I therefore urge all police officers to fully embrace this milestone partnership as it will go a long way in ensuring that we remain not only relevant but also a step ahead in this digital society,” said DCG Mutamba.
He added, “As a law enforcement agency, we also envisage a scenario whereby we are able to fully utilise modern ICTs and artificial intelligence in all facets of crime management…….This MoU commits us to work together more closely towards our common goal of making the ZRP technology compliant and indeed, our country, Zimbabwe, crime free.”
The signing of the MoU is timely as it comes at a time when the government is working on cyber bill to curb computer related crimes that are increasingly becoming a threat to the security and moral values of the nation.
Currently, the Zimbabwe Republic Police is grappling with technical challenges in gathering evidence on cyber crime and other sophisticated cases as criminals are manipulating advances in technology to broaden and perpetuate delinquencies in a complex manner.
Harare Institute of Technology Pro-Vice chancellor, Dr Maxwell Chanakira said keeping abreast of rapid developments in digital and cyber space is indispensable and commended ZRP for taking step in the right direction.
“I believe for us to keep abreast of rapidly changing world, we need to remain cognisant of such developments in the digital and cyber space, and craft new strategies to embrace such technologies. We need to understand their nature, existence and transformation; as well as circumvent any threat at both institutional and national level.
“We are pleased that the Zimbabwe Republic Police recognises new developments in the area of digital and cyber security. Your joining us in these collaborative endeavours attests to the significant role and premise that you place on these matters,” he said.
Harare Institute of Technology was established in 1988 and has over time evolved into a technical college. It started offering degree courses in 2005 and today it boasts of being the only university with a department of information and security assurance, offering programmes in the topical and important areas of cyber security, digital forensic among others.
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Zimbabwe Republic Police’s training and development continues to reap benefits as more police officers acquire higher qualifications. The recent 24th graduation of National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Bulawayo saw four police officers graduating with Master of Science Degrees in Disaster Management.
This was the first batch of police officers to graduate with such a qualification. They were among 2 507 graduates who were capped by the University’s Chancellor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently.
The four police officers are Superintendent Solomon Mbimbi of ZRP Staff College, Inspector Clapton Tinovonga Chidavaenzi who is the Officer-In-Charge ZRP Matapi, Assistant Inspector Moses Sibungu of Police General Headquarters Training and Development and Sergeant Tatenda Chiutsi from ZRP Ntabazinduna Training Depot.
Speaking to The Outpost soon after graduating, Assistant Inspector Sibungu said the programme was relevant to police duties as police officers are the first in any disaster. He appealed for the programme to be cascaded to other members so that they gain more knowledge on how to manage disaster situations.
“I want to thank the Commissioner General of Police Tandabantu Godwin Matanga for affording us this opportunity to further our studies at this institution. I personally found the program very empowering as we play a pivotal role in the management of natural, manmade or technological, disasters,” said Assistant Inspector Sibungu.
“It is my appeal that the course be rolled out to other police officers so that they gain more knowledge on how to manage disasters. Myself being with the training department I will play my part to ensure that what I leant is infused to our curriculums so that I help my fellow colleagues,” added Assistant Inspector Sibungu.
NUST course coordinator for Disaster Management, Dr Edson Munsaka echoed similar sentiments and added that ZRP officers and members need to be highly skilled on how to deal with disasters as they are often deployed to United Nations peacekeeping missions where they face far more disastrous environments.
“In my view, in order to improve knowledge, skills and effectiveness, the ZRP officers should be among the beneficiaries of this important course. Besides being local respondents to disaster scenes, police officers are often seconded to UN peacekeeping missions where they are at times deployed in hostile and disastrous environments where disaster management skills become more necessary,” said Dr Munsaka.
The graduation ceremony also saw President Mnangagwa being installed NUST Chancellor while Professor Mqhele Dlodlo was installed the institution’s Vice Chancellor. In his remarks President Mnangagwa urged graduands to contribute positively to the socio-economic transformation agenda.
“As Chancellor I call upon all graduands to pursue endeavours which probably contribute to the socio-economic transformation agenda in our country. You have been academically empowered with knowledge and skills, play your part in building the Second Republic,” said President Mnangagwa.
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His Excellency, the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa has called upon the people of Zimbabwe to respect police officers as they discharge their constitutional mandate.
Cde Mnangagwa made the call while he was addressing police officers and guests during a graduation parade of 617 police recruits at Morris Depot green square.
“I encourage the public at every level, to respect the authority of the police as borne out of the Constitution and critical partner to law enforcement and state security architecture. I equally encourage the public to be forthcoming in reporting crimes of all form and types at every level. In the Second Republic, there are no sacred cows. No one is above the law. Our laws will be enforced without fear or favour,” he said.
The call by President Mnangagwa comes at time the organisation is on a rigorous rebranding exercise following tarnished image as a result of the way police were conducting themselves. The public outcry on the police behaviour before the new dispensation resulted in the police losing public trust and respect.
President Mnangagwa also said his government was committed to equip the Zimbabwe Republic Police with modern equipment in order to enhance its capability in the fight against well coordinated criminal syndicates.
“Government recognises the need to urgently address the critical resource challenges in our police service in the discharge of their duties. Notably, we are aware of the current challenges being experienced by the ZRP for traffic law enforcement, primarily due to increasing volumes of vehicles on our roads across the country.
“Government is committed to support ZRP to acquire modern, advanced training, investigation and crime detecting and monitoring capability. We must modernize ZRP to be technologically savvy, responsive and robust in view of the well coordinated criminal syndicates who manipulate current trends,” said Cde Mnangagwa.
Meanwhile, President Mnangagwa has commended the ZRP for their professionalism in maintaining peace during this year’s polls and for raising the national flag high in peacekeeping mission operations.
“I wish to commend the Zimbabwe Republic Police for distinguishing itself wel
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Strong bilateral working relations between the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and Zambia Police Service (ZPS) continues to yield more results. Recently, Officer-In-Charge ZRP Binga, Chief Inspector Cyprian Mukahanana and his team travelled to Maamba Police station in Zambia where they were handed over two motor cycles and a generator that were allegedly stolen from Zimbabwe.
Speaking to The Outpost, Chief Inspector Mukahanana said he was accompanied by a team of police officers and detectives from ZRP Binga. They were also accompanied by four complainants who went on to positively identify their property.
“The property, that is two motor cycles and a generator were allegedly stolen in Binga. When we received a message from our counter parts at Maamba Police station in Zambia, we then took the complainants for identification of the recovered property,” said Chief Inspector Mukahanana.
“Two motor cycles were positively identified by Bdaido Ndlovu who represented Basilwizi Trust, a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) and Charles Mugande from the Ministry of Health and Child Care.
We verified engine and chasis numbers through registration books. We could not recover the third motor cycle as the complainant Gift Ekemu from Lakeview Lodge failed to produce a corresponding registration. We however advised him to find the registration book for us to be able to bring the motor cycle back home,” added Chief Inspector Mukahanana.
Though Mr Ekemu failed to recover the motor cycle which he had identified through its registration numbers, make and colours he went on recover a Kipor generator.
Though the culprits are still at large, Chief Inspector Mukahanana said the recovery of the property has boosted their relationship with the Binga community who applauded the good work that is being done by ZPS Maamba and ZRP Binga.
“Policing an international frontier is not easy if you do not work together with your counter parts on the side of the border. As a result of this recovery, our community here in Binga is happy and it has boosted their confidence towards our work,” said Chief Inspector Mukahanana.
Officer-In-Charge CID Maamba in Zambia, Detective Inspector Martin Chingumbe also commended the strong bilateral relations between the ZRP and ZPS.
“So far so good. We will continue to work hand in glove so that we help each other fight transnational crime,” said Detective Inspector Chingumbe.
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The Police Staff College will starting next year offer degree programmes among its vast courses that are offered by the college, a senior officer has revealed.
In her welcome remarks at a recent graduation ceremony at the college, the Police Staff College Principal, Senior Assistant Commissioner, Dr Angeline Guvamombe said starting next year the college will offer degree programmes after they were granted a go ahead by its associate, University of Zimbabwe.
“The year 2018 ushered in a new dispensation of academic excellence, as the college moved up a step further to a degree granting institution in affiliation with the University of Zimbabwe. The programmes are aimed at enhancing the competences of our police officers in forensic investigations, policing cybercrimes and crimes against morality which have become topical among others.
“These degree programmes and other traditional programmes are also intended to enhance the expertise of police officers in the implementation of national policies,” she said.
The degree programmes set to run in the coming year are the Bachelor of Adult Education (Honours) Degree in Police Studies (BAdEd.Hons.PS) and Bachelor of Business Studies (Honours) Degree in Policing Management (BBS. Hons-PM).
Senior Assistant Commissioner, DrGuvamombe said the college has established a state of the art e-library that will ensure that student are up to date with any developments in the academic field.
“In an endeavour to enhance the quality of research work by both lecturers and students, the college established an e-library with subscribed e-resources accessed through a dedicated internet WIFI facility which aids swift access to a pool of academic literature sources. The college is in the process of developing its own website to ensure ease of doing business as an academic institution. The College has upped the security of its library and has acquired and installed an electronic security system,” said SAC, DrGuvamombe.
The graduation ceremony comprised of 439 (305 males and 134 females) graduands who received Certificates in Training Methods (78), Public Prosecution (84), Staff Administration (63), Diplomas in Adult Education (54), Business Management (38) and Law (119).