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Firearm retraining for 6 500 cops

2012-04-30 11:37

Johannesburg - A total of 6 536 police officers who failed firearm competency tests would undergo urgent retraining, according to a report on Monday.

"I have given a year for this to be resolved. By next week, we will have a plan," acting national police commissioner Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi told the Times newspaper.

"Those who are incompetent and who cannot be placed elsewhere will unfortunately have to leave."

This followed the leaking of an internal report according to which 27 400 police officers were not competent to use state-issued firearms. Mkhwanazi appealed to the public not to panic as the matter was being addressed.

Mkhwanazi said last week, citing the department's figures, that a total of 129 713 members had undergone proficiency training. Out of that figure 27 400 officers were not competent.

Of the officers that failed, Mkhwanazi said 20 864 had not completed their training, which included a theoretical and legal principles test, and a practical test.

For a police officer to be declared competent, both tests needed to be successfully completed.

The SA Police Union obtained an interdict last week, preventing senior police management from disarming police officers.

Despite this, 34 members of the 139-strong Pretoria flying squad, and 90 Hawks members in Johannesburg were disarmed, reported the Times.

Comments
  • Gieljam - 2012-04-30 11:48

    Nearly unbelievable to hear such reports . Surely the trainers themselves must also be reevaluated or are the recruits taken in without any form of skill's and education? No wonder we can't rely on many of them ....

      Wesley - 2012-04-30 15:26

      The 6500 that is still alive can't shot, the rest that can shoot, shoot their girl friends and themselves

  • Michaele - 2012-04-30 11:53

    Why a year to sort out the police's hand gun capability..You can or you can't. You pass or fail......simple....

  • Shirley - 2012-04-30 11:54

    A year to resolve this? This is a clear indication of the lack of leadership,trainers and plain downright incompetancy by all. Incase the clowns running the show havent noticed -we have a serious crime problem!!! Are we supposed to feel safe with people like this running the show???? Fire the lot!!!!

  • Raul - 2012-04-30 12:08

    In a country plagued by crime were approximately 50, yes, fifty people are mudered daily, and were a woman or a child is raped every 17 seconds, more than in any other country we need competent police. Likewise the Education Department, just lower the pass mark rate to 30% also, then everyone will be competent.

  • Alan - 2012-04-30 12:29

    I'd love to see the test. I'm not entirely sure that it's very demanding in the first place. Give them knobkerries.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-04-30 12:34

    Surely we need to understand what went wrong with the 1st round of training first, before we spend MORE money retraining? Was training inadequate or the policemen inadequate? Also please remove firearms from these policemen, we have enough 'certified' (certifiable?) policemen being irresponsible with firearms lately

  • Rob - 2012-04-30 13:04

    Hookay ! Take dis ding, da gun, hold it like theese and point @ dat target, now you squeeze da trigger & shoot da ding. Hookay, notta too bad, but we mus do it over, dis a time, you a make sure da safety is off ana you open de eyes. Hookay !

  • Rob - 2012-04-30 13:09

    I'll bet there are many more than 6,500 criminals out there who would nail this competency test. Who trains them ?

  • Angelica - 2012-04-30 13:11

    Proudly South African! yeah right

  • Joy - 2012-04-30 13:13

    it seems as if police firearm competecny is a real problem, but what about this other police officer who can not write a proper statement another reason why cases are being thrown out of court

  • Erich - 2012-04-30 13:36

    Training should not only cover the physical handling of a firearm. Psychological testing is even more important and if this criterium is followed, there would be at least 200 - 300% more unfit officers. The same applies to the drivers of police vehicles.

  • gerardwillemse - 2012-04-30 18:58

    How on Earth do they become Police Officers without completing their training? I had no idea such a thing was even possible. Makes me wonder if this could be part of the reason why I see and hear of so many trigger happy cops.

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-05-01 04:28

    What's new? Nobody is competent or qualified in any other sector either.

  • bakers.dozen.14 - 2012-10-04 07:05

    in lots of 100 say ten days to retrain and there are 27,400= 2,740 days at 5 days a week is more than 10 years who are they trying to convince that there is no need for panic. Buggers cant add let alone learn to shoot straight.

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