Zimbabwe Republic Police
Zimbabwe Republic Police Officers on Parade
|Zimbabwe Republic Police|
|Rhodesian Republic Police|
|Headquarters||P G H Q 196D FIFE AVE Harare, Harare, Zimbabwe|
Augustine Chihuri, Police Commissioner |
|Parent||Ministry of Defence|
Footnotes / references|
Everyday- 24 hours Contact Number 04 725559
The Zimbabwe Republic Police is the country's law enforcing and maintaining organ. It was established in 1980 evolving from the Rhodesian Police and incorporated members from both the Rhodesian and the nationalist forces. It operates under the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police was formed as part of the implementation of the Lancaster House Agreement which stipulated that a new police force was to be formed by a new government after the elections of 1980.
The Police force recruits Zimbabwean citizens from all social, economic and religious backgrounds. The recruits must be physically and mentally sound. The pre-requisite academic requirement is 5 Ordinary Level passes including Mathematics and English language.
- Enforcement of Law and Order
- Maintaining peace and stability.
- Apprehending Criminals
- Investigating crime
- Arresting criminals and suspects
- Protecting state and individual Property
- Educating the civilians about security
The police force operates under the directorship of a Commissioned General. The Commissioner General reports to the Minister to Home Affairs and other superior state officials. One of the long serving Commissioners was Augustine Chihuri.
Ranks in their Order
- Commissioner- General
- Deputy- Commissioner General
- Senior Assistant Commissioner
- Assistant Commissioner
- Chief Superintendent
- Chief Inspector
- Assistant Inspector
- Sergeant Major
- Police Cadet
The Zimbabwe Republic Police is headquartered in Harare at the Police Headquarters popularly known as the PGHQ. It has numerous branches and outposts located all over the country in both urban and rural areas. Each station is supervised by an Officer in Charge.
Deployment of Staff to AFCON
In January 2015, the ZRP sent its forces to Equatorial Guinea in west Africa for the providing of VVIP protection at the Africa Cup of Nation games. This gesture was part of the requirements by all AFCON member states to sent some personnel who will assist in the successful hosting of the games. The ZRP has also carried a number of regional and international duties on the continent and these include the United Nations peace-keeping missions in countries such Sudan. The security contingent was sent off by Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces General Constantine Chiwenga at a ceremony held in Harare.
The force has been criticised of massive corruption. The traffic department which collects fines from motorists has been accused of milking local motorists as well as charging exorbitant fines to traffic offenders.
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