Nathi Mthethwa in new police recruitment strategy

2014-01-22 16:56

Young people are showing an interest in joining the SA Police Service, says the national police department.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa visited Lentegeur in Cape Town on a recruitment drive this morning, said his spokesman Zweli Mnisi.

Mnisi said the meeting with residents went well and there were several young people in the audience who were keen to join the police.

“The main purpose was to interact with the community from the viewpoint of recruitment,” Mnisi said.

“We have a variety of professions in the service [such as] psychologists, pilots, forensics etc which we, in the past, have not marketed well,” he said.

He said there had been a misconception that being in the police service was just about having a firearm and wearing a blue uniform.

Mnisi said the department was trying a new recruitment strategy and hoped to attract 1 070 people.

Any member of the public could apply for a job they qualified for. They would then be subject to a verification process which would serve to reduce the number of corrupt officials joining the service.

“We are confident that through this [process] we won’t have a case of [corruption],” Mnisi said.

He said the short-listed names would be made public in the various communities and residents would be allowed to give feedback on these names.

Police could not claim to be partners with communities, but then not engage with them when they tried to recruit new staff, he said.

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