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    Beitbridge cops remove cars from car park


    - Beitbridge Central Police Station car park, which has always been full to capacity with cars owned by Policemen and leaving no space for members of public to park, is now clear after an order was given for cops to leave their personal cars at home.
    It is understood that the order to leave cars at home was given after The Mirror carried a story two weeks ago in which members of the public complained against the congested car park at the Police station.
    "The public can now park freely, there are acres of space right in front of the charge office. Police have been told to leave their cars at home or reserve the public parking space for clients.
    "The Officer Commanding Beitbridge District, Patrick Majuta read the riot Act in which part of it read that only those cars belonging to senior officers can be found inside or close to the station" a reliable source from Beitbridge Police station said.
    The car park at the Police station has always been full because most Police officers at Beitbridge own a car, a development that has led the public to question where these officers are getting the money from. As reported by The Mirror, members of the public were complaining that they were being forced to park their cars far away from the police station when in need of police service because all the parking space was taken by police officers.
    Residents said the car park resembled a car sale.
    Most policemen at Beitbridge own cars and this has adversely affected foot patrols expected in crime prevention and detection particularly in the crime-prone border town with a hive of cross-border activity.
    It is rare to meet policemen on foot patrols in most parts of the sprawling Dulivhadzimo, Baobab and Beitbridge suburbs as well as the industrial areas. Police are seen at roadblocks, the Courts, Bus Rank and inside the border post yard.
    "Our head office raised the issue and all officers who drive were given an order never to park near the station. Officers were also warned of possible transfers to other stations," the source said. 
    A visit to the police station showed that vehicles belonging to police officers were now parked far away and "hidden" under trees while the public parking had very few vehicles.
    Efforts to get comment from Majuta were fruitless as his mobile phone was not reachable up to the time of going to press.local news

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