What we want in a top cop

2012-06-09 15:13

Vacancy: National police commissioner, South African Police Service.

Purpose: To bring down the high levels of crime and corruption in South Africa without fear or favour.

Essential requirements:
» Extensive experience in crime-fighting;
» Backbone of steel and the heart of a patriot;
» Clean hands;
» Incorruptible;
» No criminal record;
» No-nonsense attitude with a healthy respect for human rights;
» Good administrator who carefully reads ­documents before signing them;
» No business interests; and
» An aversion to fancy suits, cappuccinos, Italian shoes and luxury cars.

Key performance areas:
» To raise the morale of police officers by clean, effective and transparent leadership;
» To stamp out all forms of corruption, ­maladministration and irregularities in the SAPS;
» To fight all forms of police brutality and take harsh action against police officers who kill, ­torture and assault;
» To fix the crisis at the police’s forensic ­laboratories and bring down the turnaround time of processing evidence;
» To build new, well-equipped and properly lit police stations in rural areas;
» To fast-track the re-establishment of ­specialised units to protect women and children;
» To immediately order a skills audit of the country’s detectives and train those who need it; and
» To establish whether all officers are ­kitted out with the latest and best available ­equipment.

Remuneration:
» An affordable, market-related salary package; and
» The respect and affection of a battered nation.

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