Police blame social media
9 November 2017
SOCIAL media content has destroyed the moral fibre of humanity and, in some countries, abuse of social media has led to total anarchy, senior a cop said.
Deputy Commissioner General responsible for administration Godrey Matanga said this at the official opening of the 2017 Police Community Relations and Liason Officer (PCRLO) evaluation workshop in the capital yesterday.
“I wish to point out from the onset that Press and Public Relations section plays an integral role in the cultivation of mutual beneficial relations between the police and the public,” said DCG Matanga.
“It is undeniable that modern policing requires a consented multi-sectoral approach hence a strong bond between the police and the public should continuously be cultivated in order to tame the scourge of crime.
“I am therefore pleased to note that each year, the Press and Public Relations section carries out intensive review workshops that assist in preparing community relations officers for the year ahead and at the same time sharpening the skills of the officers.
“Press and public relations officers have an important role of monitoring the media, particularly social media which now has the tendency of causing political turmoil and social upheavals mostly in developing countries.
“Whilst it is admitted that the advent of social media has had its fair share of advantages, on the political side, social media has been used by some cunning super powers as a vehicle for driving the regime change agenda through spreading of political lies.
“As officers mandated with the task of dealing with media related issues, I therefore urge you to remain vigilant in this regard and quickly respond to anything that borders on lies and half truths with immediacy.
“As public relations officers, you should therefore be very alert to social media abuse and be ready to correct any distortions and misinformation in real time,” said DCG Matanga.
He said in order to effectively discharge this mandate, it is vital for Press and Public relations officers to have full appreciation of new information communication technologies and the history of the country.
DCG Matanga reiterated that as they evaluate and deliberate on their set targets, they should be cognisant of the fact that the profession of public relations requires officers with the highest level of integrity, loyalty and commitment to duty.
The five-day workshop funded by Silveira House was graced by Roman Catholic priest Father Fidelis Mukonori and senior police officers.