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Perspectives on execution of police powers and functions in the Republic of Zimbabwe

Mugari, Ishmael and Obioha, Emeka E. (2018) Perspectives on execution of police powers and functions in the Republic of Zimbabwe. Corvinus Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 9 (1). pp. 127-149. DOI https://doi.org/10.14267/CJSSP.2018.1.06

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Abstract

This study was conducted to explore views about the execution of powers and functions of the police in the light of related challenges. This study made use of data from a total of 83 adult participants (a survey involving 73 individuals, and 10 in-depth interviews), including males and females of diverse occupational backgrounds from Bindura and Mount Darwin policing districts in Zimbabwe. A closed-ended, mostly Likert-scale-based questionnaire was used to collect data about the prevalent forms of police abuse of powers and functions, while an indepth interview guide was provided to harvest information qualitatively. Findings reveal that police officers abuse their powers through unlawful arrests, arbitrary search and seizure, excessive use of force, unlawful methods of investigation, and ill treatment of detainees. Though not as prevalent as other forms of abuse, malicious criminal prosecution and partisan policing were also cited.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:powers, abuse, function, police, Zimbabwe
Subjects:Sociology
DOI:https://doi.org/10.14267/CJSSP.2018.1.06
ID Code:3592
Deposited By: Veronika Vit├ęz
Deposited On:27 Jun 2018 14:01
Last Modified:27 Jun 2018 14:01

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