Promoted cops warned
20 July 2018
Nyengeterai Dingana and Arron Nyamayaro
NEWLY-PROMOTED police officers have been warned that they risk being fired if they engage in corrupt activities as well as indiscipline.
Commissioner General of Police Godwin Matanga said this in his speech read on his behalf by officer commanding operations, Senior Assistant Commissioner Bernard Dumbura at the 2018 Promotion Parade for Non-Commissioned Officers at Police General Headquarters yesterday.
He said vigilance was required to starve off the nagging temptation to abuse power for personal gain in place of public good.
The exercise saw 1147 constables being promoted to the rank of Sergeant, 176 Sergeants to Sergeant Major and 309 members were promoted to the rank of Assistant Inspector.
“Let me assure you that you are certainly poised for more opportunities if you continue to exhibit the right decorum, zeal, motivation, professionalism and leadership qualities expected in the organization,” said CGP Matanga.
“As you assume new badges of rank, always remember that the organization expects you to be forthright, exemplary in your conduct, visionary, firm, fair, resourceful, professional, passionate, loyal, patriotic and be role models to your peers and subordinates.
“To this end, I enjoin you to be very quick to learn, understand and implement the new roles as first line supervisors.
“Ladies and gentlemen, in tandem with our policing vision and trajectory in this new dispensation of enhancing police visibility and rendering professional services to clients, it is also imperative that we motivate our members and capacitate them with the necessary tools of the trade.
“Remember, as an organization, we are working tirelessly to win back public trust and confidence of our citizens which is life blood of our existence.
“While supervision is ordinarily the act of getting subordinates to perform predetermined tasks, I would like to urge all newly promoted members that as a leader, you still need to treat your subordinates with respect,” said CGP Matanga.
He emphasized the need to cultivate a culture of team spirit and consultative leadership saying promotion does not grant them the passport to tyranny, selfishness, grandstanding and settling personal scores.
“Let me also take this opportunity to advise you that while promotion naturally comes with more power and influence, there is need for caution and restraint in exercising this power.
“Therefore, you must stay alert and avoid making this promotion an albatross and a curse to your lives as it may lead to your dismissal from the Zimbabwe Republic Police,” said CGP Matanga.