How to Join CID in Zimbabwe

Recruitment into the ZRP for General Duty Constables is a decentralized process which commences at a Local Police Station. This is meant to reach a majority of people in all corners of the country. The advertisement of the process is undertaken by the Officer in Charge, Community Relations Liaison Officers and the Public Relations wing of the ZRP through Local Media, Community meetings and various Career Guidance activities.

Criminal Investigation Department

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CID Scenes of Crime

CID Scenes of Crime section is responsible for evidence gathering by scientifically examining crime scenes, gathering fingerprint evidence and linking suspects to crimes that would have been committed.

CID Property

CID Property investigates and detects serious cases of Unlawful Entry, Theft and vandalism of property, particularly from public utilities.

Automated Fingerprints Identification System (AFIS)

This is a section responsible for the electronic classification and vetting of fingerprints. The section also has an electronic database of all criminals that would have been fingerprinted. AFIS [Automated Fingerprint Identification System] was introduced by the Organisation for easy and quick fingerprint searching and vetting.

CID Drugs

This is a specialised section that deals with cases involving drug abuse and trafficking. Drug abuse impacts negatively individuals, society and the economy. Maintaining a healthy workforce ensures productivity in the country.

CID Serious Frauds

CID Serious Frauds is a specialised section that deals with high-profile cases of theft where there is an element of misrepresentation. The section has a cyber crime team to deal specifically with the scourge of computer-generated crimes. The professional handling and reduction of fraud cases build public and investor confidence thereby enhancing economic growth.

 Vehicle Theft Squad

The Vehicle Theft Squad is a specialised section that deals with cases of theft and robbery of motor vehicles. The section is also responsible for clearing motor vehicles for various purposes that include:

  • Clearance for registration of motor vehicles
  • Clearance for permanent export where a SARPCCO clearance certificate is issued.
  • Temporary Clearance where the vehicle is to be used outside the country temporarily.
  • Clearance for vehicles imported from outside the SARPCCO region for the purposes of re-registration.
  • Clearance for change of ownership.

CID Homicide

CID Homicide is a specialised section that deals with high-profile cases of robbery and murder where life is threatened or lost through the use of lethal weapons.

Interpol National Central Bureau (Interpol NCB)

The International Criminal Police Organisation (ICPO) popularly referred to as Interpol is an international police organisation that deals with transnational crime. The organisation has a membership of 191 countries and Zimbabwe is a member. Each member country has a National Central Bureau (NCB) that deals with transnational crimes. The other roles of NCB include:

  • Exchange of information with other NCBs on criminal matters
  • Extradition of fugitives
  • Development of a national criminal database
  • Sharing information/intelligence on policing matters

The NCB has the following desks:

  • Theft of motor vehicles
  • Economic crimes
  • Financial and high-tech crimes
  • Public safety and terrorism
  • Stock theft
  • Drug trafficking
  • Trafficking in human beings
  • Fraudulent travel documents
  • Environmental Crimes

Availability of vacancies is communicated to the Staff Officer Recruiting from the Human Resources Department of the Zimbabwe Republic Police.

1. Entry level

  • The rank on attestation for Regular General Duty members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police is Constable.

2. Entry Qualifications

To meet the minimum requirements for appointment into the Force in the rank of Constable, applicants:

  • Must be not less than 18 and not more than 22 years of age at the time of appointment.
  • Must have passed a minimum of five Ordinary Level subjects with Grade C or better in not more than three sittings, of which English Language and Mathematics are compulsory.
  • Should be of exemplary character.
  • Should have a good background with no criminal record or pending criminal prosecution.
  • Must fulfil health requirements as recommended by a Police Medical Officer

 3. Provincial Recruiting

  • To ensure that all sections of the population are adequately catered for, each Province is allocated a certain number of places in each squad [of 21 Recruits] commencing training. The figure is based on the ratio of the population of each Province to the total population of the whole country.
  • The population statistics to be used shall be those supplied by the Central Statistics Office.

4. Application Procedure

  • Any person seeking an appointment into the Police Service in the rank of Constable shall approach the Officer in Charge of the Police Station nearest to his residence for enquiries.
  • The Officer in Charge of the Police Station so approached will personally interview the applicant to ensure that he meets the minimum requirements laid down and is, in all other respects, suitable for appointment into the Service.
  • The Officer in Charge may also reject any applicant who does not meet the minimum requirements, at the same time, encouraging any applicant who may not meet the required requirements to re-apply at a later date.
  • The applicant’s fingerprints are recorded and vetted to ensure unsuitable elements do not find their way into the Organisation.
  • Pre-entry Tests (Aptitude Tests) are held at Provincial and other approved centres where applicants are subjected to assessments to determine their suitability to join the Service. This also includes a physical test and a panel board interview.
  • Successful applicants have not been assured employment but are placed on a Provisional Waiting List kept at Police General Headquarters.
  • When vacancies do occur in the Service, names of applicants to be considered for appointment are drawn from the Waiting List on a First Come First Served Criterion.

5. Applications to join the Service as Technicians and other Specialists

  • As a general rule, all Technicians for the various Trades within the Zimbabwe Republic Police are Tradesmen who must have served a recognised apprenticeship and qualified as Journeymen in Class 1 and 2 Category with a formal education of up to Ordinary level.
  • Technicians include apart from Tradesman, Nurses, Doctors, Teachers, Chaplains and ICT Officers.
  • Applications for this Category are submitted to Police General Headquarters when responding to advertisements for vacant posts. These are addressed to the Staff Officer [Recruiting], Police General Headquarters, P O Box CY 34 Causeway Harare.

The ZRP Rank Structure

The Zimbabwe Republic Police Rank structure as a package of authority also forms the general career path of the Organisation which is achieved through a structured promotion exercise. Every promotion comes with an approved motivational package set by the Commissioner General of Police from time to time.

Table of Ranks

1Commissioner General of Police
2Deputy Commissioner General of Police
3Commissioner of Police
4Assistant Commissioner
5Chief Superintendent
7Chief Inspector
9Assistant Inspector
10Sergeant Major


General Career Opportunities

Professional Updating Centres

These are internal training centres for serving members to update them, members, through training, with the knowledge to discharge their duties better.

Sponsored Courses

In line with the Organisational Training Policy, the serving members have competitive opportunities to study at the Police Staff College, Government Colleges and Universities. For specific courses, some members and officers are seconded to training centres regionally and internationally. This also covers Motor Vehicle Driving Schools which are managed by the Organisation.

Branches of the Zimbabwe Republic Police

To ensure that the Zimbabwe Republic Police complies with its constitutional mandate and that members of the public access its services 24 hours round clock, the Organisation is divided into several and well-coordinated Branches. The Branches automatically define specific career opportunities and paths.

  • The Duty Uniform Branch – this performs the bulk of the Organisation’s services with members performing their duties in uniform.
  • The Support Unit Branch – is the military wing of the Zimbabwe Republic Police with members performing duties in uniform and armed with specific weapons.
  • The Technicians Branch – this comprises members with specific trades and specialized technical skills.
  • Criminal Investigations Department – this comprises members trained in special skills of Crime Investigations operating in civilian attire.
  • Police Protection Unit – the Unit is assigned to manage the Presidential Motorcade and provision of security to VVIPs and Diplomats.

All members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police have opportunities to join any of these branches based on special qualifications, skills or attributes. These may be developed internally or externally.  

How can I become a CID officer in Zimbabwe?

To become a Crime Investigation Department Officer (CID officer), you must be a problem solver with strong interpersonal skills, as well as have well-developed reasoning and critical-thinking skills to solve crimes, investigate, prosecute, and collect criminal intelligence.

What are the CID departments in Zimbabwe?

Criminal Investigation Department is charged with the duty to investigate and detect all serious crimes in Zimbabwe as mandated by Section 219 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe. Domiciled at corner Josiah Chinamano and 9th Street, CID Headquarters is headed by a Commissioner whose office designation is Director CID.

How can I join the police in Zimbabwe?

Pre-entry Tests (Aptitude Tests) are held at Provincial and other approved centres where applicants are subjected to assessments to determine their suitability to join the Service. This also includes a physical test and a panel board interview.

What qualifications do you need to be a CID?

You’ll usually need a degree or postgraduate qualification to apply. The programmes last between 18 and 24 months and offer the training and support you need to make the switch from your current job to an operational police leader.