2007 International Recognition
and Scholarship Recipient
Hosted and Sponsored by
Eastern Kentucky University
International Scholarship Recipient
Inspector Fungisai Evelyn MATEKU
Zimbabwe Republic Police
The IAWP is very pleased to announce that for the first time, a additional IAWP international scholarship applicant will be attending the IAWP Annual Training Conference this year due to the generous sponsorship of the Eastern Kentucky University Justice & Safety Center (JSC). Dr. Pam Collins, Executive Director of JSC, has established the Eastern Kentucky University Justice & Safety International Scholarship this year.
Co-Chairs Cindy Shain and Linda Mayberry and members of the IAWP International Scholarship Committee have selected Inspector Fungisai Evelyn Mateku, Zimbabwe Republic Police, as the recipient of this prestigious award for 2007.
Inspector Mateku currently works for the Police Commissioner's Office where she serves as Officer-in-Charge of the Security and Protocol Services Registry at Police Headquarters. Her duties include organizing functions and attending meetings on behalf of the Commissioner's Office. She is in charge of protocol services to visiting senior officers and representatives from other countries, investigating security breaches, and maintaining security standards at Police Headquarters.
On January 4, 1999, Inspector Mateku joined the Zimbabwe Republic Police as a Constable under the graduate Training Program. She then completed a one-year assignment at the Zimbabwe Republic Police Morris Training Depot, which included both rural and urban attachments.
Inspector Mateku, who is married and has a 14-year old son, holds a Bachelor of Science Honors Degree in Politics and Administration from the University of Zimbabwe (1995). She is currently pursuing her postgraduate studies with a goal of completing required work for a Masters Degree of Public Administration. She also holds a London Chamber of Commerce and Industries Third-Level Group Diplima in Public Relations and Marketing. Inspector Mateku advises that her affiliate membership in the Zimbabwe Institute of Personnel Management "enhances my understanding of the politics behind labor relations as well as how they affect a modern woman police officer in the daily discharge of her duties."
On June 25-26th, Inspector Mateku, along with other delegates from Swaziland, South Africa, met in Botswana to work on establishing the "first ever police women's network in Southern Africa." The task force produced a document to be presented to the police chiefs to establish this important women's networking organization. The next meeting will be held in Lusaka, Zambia.
When told of her selection, Inspector Mateku said: "I am more than thrilled to learn that I competed successfully for this prestigious award and am looking forward to attend, for the first time in my country (at least to my knowledge), the annual conference of the IAWP. My fellow women officers within southern Africa will also be overjoyed to learn of this development. Thank you so much."