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202 correctional officers complete VIP protection training

Story by Tapiwa Machemedze

CORRECTIONAL services officers have been challenged to be disciplined when conducting their duties as they play an important role in enhancing national security.

202 Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service (ZPCS) officers graduated after completing training in VIP protection at the Battle Camp.

Officiating at the passout parade, Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga emphasised the need for dedication to duty.

“The responsibilities imposed on you as security personnel require unflinching loyalty and discipline. Undoubtedly discipline embodies your attitude towards your work as well as adherence to guidelines and instructions from your principals. The successful execution for VIP protection immensely contributes to the overall security of our country and creates a conducive environment for socio-economic development.”

The passout parade comes as the ZPCS is now conducting VIP protection duties which used to be a mandate for the police force.

“Let me remind you that as securocrats, you are an integral part of the justice delivery system, and your work is essential in that peace and security is maintained always. I challenge you to emulate and excel in your chosen path and never forget the great responsibility you bear. Remain vigilant and always honour and dignity of your profession as correctional officers,” said ZPCS Commissioner General Moses Chihobvu.

Graduating officers highlighted they had learnt crucial skills in the 42-day training course.

“I am happy to be graduating today and I also got the prize for the best shooter. I learnt critical skills which will help me perform my duties diligently,” said a graduating officer.

Another said, “I am grateful for completing this course. As a woman, I want to say that we can do anything that men can do so I advise women not to be discouraged. There is nothing that we cannot overcome.”

Of the 202 graduating officers, 45 were female and 157 were male, with the ZPCS being applauded for being gender sensitive through integrating women.

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