THE Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has nabbed 11 of its suspended police officers said to have been operating outside their mandate, Zim Morning Post can reveal.
The officers, who are all constables and were suspended on different charges, allegedly teamed up on Thursday night to raid an Indian national who deals in gold, a source told this publication.
“The officers are all on suspensions, but they connived last night to raid a Borrowdale house, pretending that they were on duty,” a police source said.
Their luck, however, ran out when the Indian gold dealer pressed the panic button and alerted Borrowdale Police.
“Their luck ran out when Borrowdale Police was alerted and they acted swiftly and managed to apprehend the suspects before they did any harm,” Zim Morning Post heard.
Cases of bogus police officers said to be committing crimes are on the increase.
In August, Zim Morning Post reported that a police officer only identified as Chadzamira and stationed at St Mary’s, was also nabbed over illegal ivory deals.
Reports suggest that the police officer was arrested in Harare Central Business District where he was transporting the elephant tusks to an unknown destination.
It was also recently reported that four bogus police officers were arrested at a certain house in Harare after ZimParks security details raided the hideout and recovered 12kg of ivory following a tip-off.
The ZRP has to date apprehended at least 11 suspended police officers for different crimes.