ZRP Issues Stern Warning Against Leaking Information
21 May 2020
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By A Correspondent- The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has ordered police officers to stop issuing information to members of the media saying such engagements are causing unnecessary alarm among the members of the public.

In a memo signed by the CG OPS and directed to all stations dated May ‪20 2020‬ , all police details were warned against leaking information.

“Officers and Members are  once again reminded to adhere to police standing rules governing communication with the media. Some officers have shown a tendency of giving information to the press that has caused a lot of anxiety and dischord.

“This behavior should stop forthwith. This tendency of giving out information that pertains to police operations must be left to the relevant authorities and in any event with clearance from Police General Headquaters. Stern measures will be taken against police officers who choose to disregard this message,” said the memo in part.

The development comes at a time when the ZRP has tightened its grip on information forcing members of the press to find alternative ways to source for information within the officers’ ranks.

This has resulted in very sensitive information finding its way into the public domain especially on social media.

However, ZRP officers , like any other public servants are bound by strict regulations under the Official Secrets Act which directs them not to leak any information encountered during the discharge of duties.