Zimbabwe Republic Police has said all cases involving members arrested for dishonest and corruption will now be finalised within seven days as the force ensure that there is a zero tolerance of the scourge.
Depot Commandant Senior Assistant Commissioner Grace Ndebele yesterday said they had set up anti-corruption teams in their provinces, districts and stations to ensure that they leave no stone unturned.
She was speaking at the Anti-Corruption Crime awareness campaign for the police Depot province in Harare yesterday as tactical measures and mechanisms to end corruption.
"In Depot Province, three members were arrested in 2012 for engaging in corrupt activities. These members decided to pursue their own self aggrandised ends and today it is obvious that they are regretting. They lost the whole portion only because of the grains they were craving for," Snr Asst Comm Ndebele said.
She said if other officers chose to pay a deaf ear to the warnings then they were going to live to regret as no one was going to sympathise with them.
Snr Asst Comm Ndebele said the Depot province, as a training institute had always made it clear that all trainers or recruits caught doubling in such activities would be dismissed before they spread the 'disease' to others.
"When we say we don't tolerate corruption we mean that we will deal heavily with those found wanting. Forewarned is forearmed," she said.
She appealed to the members of the public not to engage in corrupt activities but to work with the police to stop corruption.
Snr Asst Comm Ndebele said through their Service Charter, complaints against police were most welcome and the campaign sought to buttress these efforts.
She said suggestion boxes were also ideal and identities of informers would be protected.
"Those bent on bribing the police to get away with crime will also, together with the disgracing police officers, face the full wrath of the law," she said.
She said the recruits they were sending to other police provinces countrywide were well knowledgeable, well trained officers whose future in the force was bright.
"We therefore call upon you to help these new members nurture the seeds we have sown here so that we promote faithfulness and honesty in our organisation," Snr Asst Comm Ndebele said.
She said the country was looking for patriotic and selfless minds while the force was seeking incorruptible, loyal and honesty officers.
She said their campaign had came at a time when the force had wedged a spirited war against corruption which had dealt immeasurable damage to political, social and economic life in the country.
"This campaign is therefore a great stride towards bringing justice, lawfulness and a spirit of selflessness, to our police officers while imploring the general public to avoid networking in corruption but rather report all forms so that this cancer is weeded off at the earliest possible time.
"Police officers are the vanguards of law and order and they should be honest so that the nation benefits a full measure of police services," Snr Asst Comm Ndebele said.
She said President Mugabe was on record condemning corruption and other anti-social behaviours as he sought to cultivate and promote a sovereign nation that was well-defined by uprightness and lawfulness.
Snr Asst Comm Ndebele said, "This noble call therefore places demand on our part to take heed from His Excellency and promote behaviour that is conducive for nation building."
She said Depot province was a training institute tasked to transform civilians into professional, patriotic and committed police officers whose skills, attitudes and knowledge should be congruent with the needs of policing environment.
Snr Asst Comm Ndebele applauded Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri for sounding an eloquent call to officers to shun corruption and deliver professionalism and justice through fair application of the law.
Acting Depot police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Miriam Kapfumvuti said the role of the police and public relations duties were premised on bridging the gap between the force and the public through spearheading community policing initiatives.