Police training inadequate

2016-12-08 06:01

THE government decries the increasing number of police murders but the ministers must not only focus on these killings. Barely a mention is made in the media of yet another farm murder, which since 1994 to 2012 total approximately 4 000.

The voluntary farm protection service, the Kommandos, was disbanded by the government. The number of whites killed during this period amounts to approximately 70 000. The Afrikaans radio station, Radio Sonder Grense, is the only media which reports the farm murders.

Industrious farmers, labouring on their land, are not armed. Also how many defenceless, frail, elderly, senior citizens have been targeted, whilst either strolling on the beach, or in their homes? Police members undergo training and are armed. They patrol in pairs and if they anticipate danger, can call for immediate back-up. Hence, one can conclude that the training is inferior, or that an aspiring police member is neither mentally nor physically capable/suitable to fill the position.

Extensive training was provided to reservists in Johannesburg. The trainee participated in shooting practices, firing at moving targets and from a speeding vehicle.

A trainee was obliged to abseil down walls of buildings, to jump from roofs, scale walls, run up walls and complete numerous SWAT courses.

In addition, many of us enrolled at Unisa for the BA Police Science Degree. During current times, numerous police members lack skills to complete the documentation. Once, after responding to a housebreak, I indicated in the docket that “a list of stolen items will be furnished later”. On reviewing the docket a few days later, I observed that the detective had inscribed, “The furniture she was also stolen”.

Our notorious Interpol head, Mr Selebi (who never served any time in the police) exhorted us to remain slim, as we would not “fit into the uniform”. Now, the converse is true.

A few years ago, my elderly friend, in her eighties, was the victim of an armed robbery. Although she lives within metres of the police station, my friend and I, driving from Uvongo, responded more than 15 minutes before the police.

As the keys had been stolen, I was obliged to clamber over the front, neighbouring wall, scale the dividing precast wall between the properties and eventually climb into a tree, to jump into the victim’s property.

When the police arrived, they were unable to enter the property. My friend lifted the electronic gate off the rail. The police members were three times younger than me but three times heavier.

Later the station commander indicated the place of entry of the housebreakers, pointing to tracks, which were my size four shoe tracks in the sand, next to the tree.


Dr L.J. Peltz

Ramsgate

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Partner Content
How data is changing investments

Technological disruption is rife in many spheres of business and given the quantity of data available, it’s no surprise that the way in which asset managers work is also changing fast.

Behind the sparkle

Alluring, beautiful and timeless - diamonds are some of the most sought after gems in the world and are a true testament of everlasting brilliance. Let us take you behind the sparkle to show you the history behind this coveted jewel.

/News
 

Play with your pet when you're not at home

Many pets are alone at home during the week while their owners are at work. So what do these animals get up to while they’re home alone?

 
 

Paws

How to get rid of fleas
12 Cool cat facts
Chocolate can be fatal for dogs
Spider-man star's adorable relationship with his dog
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.