Modern Policing Demands Sharp Minds, Says Chihuri

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Police Commissioner-General Dr Augustine Chihuri has said the contemporary policing arena demands that officers use their brains more than the physical tools when discharging their constitutional mandate. He said the new pedigree of citizens was highly inquisitive, sensitive and wary of how police officers performed their duties. Comm-Gen Chihuri was speaking at the Police Staff College graduation ceremony for 2015 where 468 officers graduated in various courses on Friday.

“The role of higher education in policing is to help police stay abreast of the changing demands and proficiently navigate through turbulent waters associated with the police profession,” he said. Comm-Gen Chihuri said the acquisition of knowledge remained pivotal as it enabled officers from security institutions to effectively sharpen their tools of trade and exhibit the relevant professional acumen.

He said knowledge refines and capacitates the human resource which happens to be the most important resource in any progressive organisation such as the ZRP. “I say your achievement is an important landmark and a very special pedestal befitting the dictates of the contemporary policing arena that demands police officers should use their brains more than the physical tool when discharging their constitutional mandate,” Comm-Gen Chihuri said.

He said he was convinced that the blend of courses that the graduates undertook had imbued in them the three core fundamentals of higher education which are critical thinking, analysis and research. “These skills and attributes are the core of what is required in modern-day crime investigations,” said Comm-Gen Chihuri. “It is essential that there is a very clear link between the core skills required for investigation and rigorous research as both are a search for the truth.

“These critical skills are the essence of higher education and they give higher education its cutting edge.” Comm-Gen Chihuri said police officers who were taught in the disciplines of critical thinking, analysis and research were more likely to professionally respond to the stimuli of citizenry expectations and to act with abundance of caution at all times.

Comm-Gen Chihuri said it was an open secret in contemporary policing that for police officers to be effective, they must not only “police for the people, but police with the people”. Comm-Gen Chihuri donated to Police Staff College library five copies of his recently launched book titled, “The History of Policing in Zimbabwe: Pre-Colonial, Colonial and Post-Independence,” which chronicles the journey of policing in this country.

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Source: The Herald

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