SAPS must be professional

2017-03-29 06:03

I READ with disgust on News24 about a female being abused who had to undergo surgery because of the actions of uneducated members of the South African Police Service.

SAPS on many occasions over the years have had their members take a wrong approach to situations that have led to a negative impact on the reputation of the SAPS and financial loss in instances where the state is being sued.

SAPS members that have taken the initiative and have paid out of their own pockets to study and educate themselves on how to react in the appropriate manner in the daily situations they are faced with are not given the authority they deserve to delegate and prevent situations that tarnish the reputation of the SAPS.

Members with over 20 years’ service experience in SAPS and a degree are still low-ranking officers, while some, who have not studied, are those that delegate. Two decades of service experience coupled with a police degree is an asset that will benefit the SAPS positively.

Qualifications and years of experience are essential in securing a job or promotion. Why is this not the same for SAPS?

Professional career positions are awarded to those individuals that meet the criteria of possessing a degree in order for the company to function adequately.

Being educated in your field of work is an advantage and SAPS must consider allocating­ high ranking positions to those educated­ individuals who will make a difference as their reaction to situations will be according to what they have studied, coupled with experience.

These members will be positive leaders and the other members will learn the right approach.

If SAPS wants to gain respect from the public, they too must do the logical thing and send professional SAPS members to encounter. This will benefit both the SAPS and the public.

Do not waste the knowledge and determination of SAPS members who sacrificed financially­ to make a difference to South Africa.

We, as the public, have a right to demand that members who have studied be leaders, they will be much more effective in leading and protecting our lives.

m. Naidoo via email

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