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Zimbabwe Republic Police
Trading name
Zimbabwe Republic Police
Formerly called
Rhodesian Republic Police
Industry Security, Defence
Founded 1980 (1980)
Headquarters P G H Q 196D FIFE AVE Harare, Harare, Zimbabwe
Key people
Augustine Chihuri, Police Commissioner
Parent Ministry of Defence
Footnotes / references
Office Hours
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.[1]


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.[2]


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.[3]

Key Roles

  1. Enforcement of Law and Order
  2. Maintaining peace and stability.
  3. Apprehending Criminals
  4. Investigating crime
  5. Arresting criminals and suspects
  6. Protecting state and individual Property
  7. Educating the civilians about security[2]


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

  1. Commissioner- General
  2. Deputy- Commissioner General
  3. Commissioner
  4. Senior Assistant Commissioner
  5. Assistant Commissioner
  6. Chief Superintendent
  7. Superintendent
  8. Chief Inspector
  9. Inspector
  10. Assistant Inspector
  11. Sergeant Major
  12. Sergeant
  13. Police Cadet[4]


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.

International Duties

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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  1. , Data on Zimbabwe - President, Prime Minister & Ministries, Ministers & Deputy Ministers, Mass Public Opinion Institute,Retrieved:1 Jul 2014"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), Retrieved:1 Jul 2014"
  3. , Mutual co-operation vital — Chihuri, The Herald, published:22 Jan 2014,Retrieved:1 Jul 2014
  4. , RANK INSIGNIA - POLICE & SECURITY,retrieved:1 Jan 2014