The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has warned its members against smashing vehicle windscreens and using metal spikes in order to effect arrests. The ZRP made it clear in no uncertain terms that such conduct is criminal and unacceptable.

This was revealed in a memorandum that was addressed to the officers-in-charge of police stations in Mbare district. The officer commanding Mbare district made it clear that he was concerned by reports that some police officers in the district are continuing to smash windscreens and use spikes despite earlier directives ordering them to stop.

TO: OFFICERS IN CHARGE STATIONS MBARE DISTRICT

FROM:OFFICER COMMANDING POLICE MBARE DISTRICT 

Date: 16 April 2021

SUBJECT: CONTINUOUS USE OF SPIKES AND SMASHING OF MOTOR VEHICLE WINDSCREENS BY MEMBERS

Repeated hereunder is Chief Staff Officer [Operations] memorandum number 676/21 dated 10 March 2021 with the above subject.

This Headquarters has noted with great concern continuous use of spikes and smashing of windscreens by members in violation of the laws of the country.

Despite several memoranda sent to districts to desist from such practice, it was observed that members are continuously using spikes with some going to the extent of smashing windscreens of motor vehicles in order to effect arrests. It should be noted that such practice is unlawful, unacceptable and not condoned by the organization.

This exposes the orgranization to avoidable litigations from affected members of the public. Disciplinary actions will be considered against any members who engage in such unlawful conduct.

The practice of smashing windscreens has become so prevalent in some areas, that some rogue commuter omnibus operators have taken to ‘armouring’ their vehicles to protect their windows and window screens.

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