Society should work with police – Riah Phiyega

2014-02-17 13:51

A healthy police force is crucial in ensuring a safe and secure country, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega said today.

Police are enduring a lot of stress, she said at the first National Forensic Social Worker Seminar.

“There is a lot of stress endured in the job of the police. Therefore, we have social workers who are serving the police to ensure they get the necessary counselling [and] their health and well-being are taken care of.”

Phiyega said the duties of forensic social workers included identifying unknown children who were usually found dead and not reported missing.

“As forensic social workers, we must assess who this child is. It is our duty to establish the identity of the child and where it comes from.”

She said police would do better if society was willing to work with them.

“We will do our work as the police to go and investigate, but we can even do better if we have society coming to the party.”

Mothers should take care of their children and families should support them if some were unable to do so.

“It is a nation that brings up a child, not an individual,” she said.

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