POLICE Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri yesterday said officers deployed for United Nations peacekeeping missions have remained patriotic and professional in discharging their duties. He said most of the officers had not been carried away, but remained steadfast, maintained their identity and upheld national ethos and values.
Comm-Gen Chihuri was addressing five police officers who are expected to leave the country for UN peacekeeping duties in Liberia and a senior officer who recently returned from Guinea Bissau on a similar mission.
"Let me hasten to say that you are now going into a foreign land, however, this should not be mistaken for going out on holiday but on a mission entrusted to you," Comm-Gen Chihuri said in a speech read on his behalf by Deputy Comm-Gen (human resources) Levie Sibanda. He said policing in a foreign land called for total commitment and dedication.
"I have no doubt that your professional conduct will be beyond reproach. It is my sincere hope that you shall never lose grip of your precious consistence of hard workmanship," he said.
Comm-Gen Chihuri said discipline would always remain a benchmark on which the international community would judge their performance as well as their reputation as a force.
"As I have alluded to before, officers and members who have gone for these missions before you have already set the precedent, it is now your turn to maintain the standards, emulate that feat by upholding the doctrines of good practice already put in place," he said.
"Keep this legacy and let it remain a shining beacon towards the development of peace and tranquillity during your tour of duty."
Comm-Gen Chihuri said the force was humbled by the constant reports and acknowledgement of the professional work of their officers during their tour of duty. He said the ZRP was joyful to note that officers seconded to UN duties managed to perform to the satisfaction of the UN department of peacekeeping operations and the force. He said Chief Superintendent Cardwell Moyo, the senior officer who has returned from Guinea Bissau, proved his commitment, loyalty and patriotism. Chief Supt Moyo was seconded to Guinea Bissau in 2010 as a police advisor responsible for Police Governance and Accountability.