The Police General Orders (PGO)

INTRODUCTION
This is the Second edition of the Police General Orders. The first edition was produced
in 1961 and has been in use since then.


It will be noted that the structure of these General Orders is different from the previous
edition. This has been necessitated by the fact that a lot of development has taken place
in the area of policing. In our work now we are confronted with new legislations almost
every day.

There have also been changes in the way government finances are
disbursed and procurement matters are handled as well as the fact that the country is
now practising multi-partism in which case members of the Tanzania Police Force are no
longer expected to be members of any political party. In the area of international law on
policing a series of developments have taken place and some of these developments
have been reflected in these Orders based on the extent our domestic laws and
Constitution have taken them into account.

Here, special regard has been given to the spirit of the UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement
Officials 1990 and UN Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials 1979.

In this regard, some General Orders have been modified to match with the prevailing reality
and to allow flexibility to accommodate the changes that have been referred to above.
The revision of these General Orders has also taken into account various Government
directives on the administration of the Force in the country.


PURPOSE OF THE GENERAL ORDERS
This document sets forth the General Orders of the Force. They are issued pursuant to
the authority granted to the Inspector General of Police under Section 7(2) of the Police
Force and Auxiliary Services Act Cap. 322 R. E. 2002. The directives contained in these General Orders help guide the Force personnel in carrying out their duties and responsibilities as members of the Force.

Each member is expected to follow the directives set forth in these General Orders, although it is understood that these General
Orders cannot regulate conduct in every situation that may arise in the course of policing.

Judgment and discretion must be prudently applied. Each directive issued supersedes all conflicting prior policies and orders published by the Force.


KNOWLEDGE OF THE GENERAL ORDERS Every member is responsible for becoming aware of, understanding, and following the General Orders and other directives of the Force. Through its training programme, the
Force will endeavor to increase the knowledge and understanding all members have of such directives. Members of the Force are expected to consult these General Orders
when questions arise regarding execution of police.