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Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers recently auditioned for a police television programme, to be launched soon.
Twenty-eight (28) police officers were auditioned by Medianet’s production team in partnership with the ZRP Press and Public Relations Department.
After the first session, the number of participants was trimmed to 10 who had to undergo further auditions that saw four of them making it. These were then joined by two sign language presenters who are to be part of the production team.
The successful candidates are set to undergo an in-house training before the recording of the programme which is at an advanced stage.
Speaking to the participants soon after conducting auditions, Medianet Executive Producer, Mr Justice Dhliwayo said he was pleased with the way the auditions had gone as the zeal shown by the participants.
“I am pleased with the enthusiasm that everybody has put towards the auditions. You all have been amazing however not all of you will sail through as some of you performed better than others, “he said.
The key features of the television programme will include crime awareness, hints and tips, community news, feedback on wanted persons, missing persons as well as provincial focus.
The programme titled Crime Watch, is in the television magazine format or reality documentary and is pencilled to be shown during prime time viewing on Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s Television (ZTV).
The programme is aimed at creating an opportunity to address safety and security issues which will consequently help in combating crime in the nation. It is also aimed at showcasing police investigation successes as well as demystifying myths and misconceptions about the police.
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What a man can do, a woman can do it, or even better. This is what inspires Superintendent Ballistic, Superintendent Tsitsidzashe Paradzayi, as she reflects on ZRP’s Women Network Equal Job Opportunities Key Result Area.
She is one senior female police officer who has climbed up the ladder to head Criminal investigations Department (CID) Forensic Ballistics, a section that examines firearms and explosives to aid police investigations.
The Ballistic section works together with CID Homicide and sometimes with the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) Bomb Disposal Unit when invited to attend crime scenes where grenades and mortar bombs are used. On average, 30 cases are referred to this unit on a monthly basis.
“We basically do the examination of firearms recovered from crime scenes, suspects or accused persons arrested by police. We also examine recovered bullet heads and spent cartridges picked up from crime scenes to determine the type of weapon used. We also carry out comparisons to determine if the recovered firearms were used before the commission of other crimes, “said Superintendent Paradzayi.
As technical experts, she added, the Ballistics Section is also able to reconstruct crime scenes and give opinion on the type of weapon used, direction of bullet and distance of the shooter when the shot was fired in complicated cases. This information is crucial and assist the police in the investigation of cases where firearms have been used, especially in murder and armed robbery cases.
The Section uses a Computerised Leiker Comparison Macroscope, which is one of the gadgets used for speedy processing of accurate data in modern laboratories.
Superintendent Praradzayi urges fellow police officers to abide by the set standards of preserving exhibits like cartridges and bullets as spelt out in the ZRP Scientific Manual.
One of the principles is to avoid putting together the recovered bullets or cartridges in one plastic, as this may damage them or erase laser marks.
In cases when CID Ballistics Section is not able to attend the crime scene, she has this advice to police officers collecting evidence;
“Just park away from the scene to avoid driving over fired cartridges and spent bullets. Take note and photograph the position of weapons and any ammunition found at the crime scene, the position of the deceased and how he/she was lying and always consult where you are not sure of what action to do. “She said.
But what expertise is required for one to be a Forensic Ballistic expert? The Outpost learnt that it starts with one enrolling for an Armourer’s Course or Journeyman certificate which most female police officers were not taking in the past. With the introduction of Forensic Degree at the University of Zimbabwe, it is assumed that more female police officers will take up this course.
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Women police officers are the mirror of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and as such they should exhibit exceptional etiquette skills in order to promote organisation’s image.
The sentiments were made by Commissioner Training and Human Resources Development, Commissioner Grace Nomsa Ndebele at the official opening of the Women Network workshop held at ZRP Sports Club recently.
Commissioner Ndebele, who is also the Deputy Chairperson of the ZRP Women Network, outlined the need for etiquette, protocol, grooming and deportment as the main ingredients for building a wholesome woman police officer.
“Today’s workshop marks the beginning of a convergence of women police officers, with the chief aim of promoting etiquette skills in the organisation. I cannot over estimate the importance of this initiative, which the Zimbabwe Republic Police has embraced and will be fully supported.
“ZRP is a visible entity and women police officers play a pivotal role in terms of promoting its image which calls for good principles of etiquette.”Good manners, she said, are the bedrock of civilisation which every officer is mandated to express in the discharge of police duties.
“Good manners are an essential characteristic of religion, as well as a fundamental part of civilisation and we are all duty bound to treat those whom we come into contact with respect, “she said.
She urged the participants to shun bad manners and morals as an unacceptable behaviour can be blown out of proportion in this age of social media.
Commissioner Ndebele also added that such platforms will help female officers to efficiently manage police events.
The three-day workshop was attended by more than 34 senior women police officers drawn from all police provinces and was a fulfilment of the ZRP Woman Network’s first key result area which is Training and Development.
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The Officer Commanding Masvingo Province, Senior Assistant Commissioner Martha Mofolo has bemoaned the slow pace by which farmers in Masvingo Province were embracing the cattle branding initiative which she said was greatly contributing to the loss and reduction of the national herd.
The senior officer made the remarks whilst addressing scores of people who recently gathered at Tagarika Business centre, in Mwenezi, to witness the cattle branding re-invigoration.
SAC Mofolo revealed that the province was holding about 500 stray cattle and it was proving very difficult for owners to positively identify their livestock as they did not have any brand marks.
“It is worrisome that the national head continues to dwindle as our farmers in Masvingo are failing to embrace some initiatives designed to save, protect and increase their livestock. Cattle are a symbol of wealth but it pains me to just look and see the owners of wealth losing it to undeserving members of the community, “she said.
She further revealed that Masvingo Province has the largest herd of cattle in the country and as such the province should jealously guard it.
“It should not be over emphasized that the country is proud of our province for having the largest herd in the country. Let us all play our part to preserve our wealth through various initiatives such as cattle branding.
“Let’s form a strong force against cattle rustling or any livestock related crimes by coming up with committees from the grassroots such as Village Anti-Stock Theft Committee that will incorporate all key stakeholders such as traditional leaders,farmers,Veterinary Services, Registrar General’s Offices and police among others, “said SAC Mofolo.
The senior officer said it was also a Southern African Development Committe (SADC) requirement that farmers brand their cattle to prevent cross border stock theft.
“Branding of cattle is not only done here in Zimbabwe but in the whole SADC region because cross- border theft of livestock is also a serious problem that we should solve collectively, “SAC Mofolo said.
Speaking at the same occasion, Chief Chitanga, Feleni Chauke said a strong force would be formed to deal decisively with cattle rustling in the area.
“People in Mwenezi should take heed of the message from police and work with all stakeholders in our area. When we work together we would reduce stock theft cases, “said Chief Chitanga.
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...heroic act by a senior police officer saves the day for marooned congregants
Superintendent Mushawembirimi stresses a point during the interview
This for some would read like a script from some Hollywood movie or a fiction novel, but for members of the Johanne Masowe eChishanu Church from Mbizo Suburb in Kwekwe, it’s a tale their grandchildren will have to believe when they narrate it in years to come.
It is a tale of a commuter omnibus which was swept away by heavy floods for about 30 metres before being stopped by trees on the river bank. The omnibus was submerged in water whilst carrying 22 passengers who later sought refuge on top of the vehicle.
What is more heartrending is the fact that rescue had to come about six hours later. One would imagine how the members who included children, women and men held on while on top of the commuter omnibus which was suspended in water given the river currency and the increasing water volumes, which, while on the roof of the vehicle, reached knee level.