Police union welcomes training move

2012-07-04 22:02

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Johannesburg - The SA Policing Union (Sapu) on Wednesday welcomed a new move to train all police officers in basic detective work.

General secretary Oscar Skommere said the re-enforcement of the detective and investigative arms of the police would improve service delivery.

"This is long overdue; our normal crime prevention and officers in charge office[s] get exposed to hardened criminals, they need comprehensive training to fight that," he said.

"Sapu is of the opinion that this will also minimise the commonly used scapegoat of using [blaming] police when there is failure in securing convictions."

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Tuesday police would be able to secure harsher convictions in court by thorough detective work.

His spokesperson, Zweli Minisi, said some new recruits had already started basic detective training.

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