State of police scrutinised: Mthetwa

2013-01-18 21:03


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Johannesburg - The state of the police service is being examined so that it could "live up to expectations" and improve the service, says Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

"We have a 10-point plan to look holistically at policing and live up to expectations so that people can feel safe," he told reporters in Boksburg.

"The plan relates to the transformation of the SAPS and the cadre of cops we want to see in a democracy."

Mthethwa said he wanted to check on the conduct and behaviour of police officers and focus on training.

"We should always improve on training.

"Training, in its nature, is ongoing."

The training will include refresher courses for police management at all levels on how to manage resources.

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega said the plan was not about gender or race but about the quality of service to the people.

She said there was also a focus on infrastructure projects to upgrade police stations and call centres.

Mthethwa said the plan was not a mechanical one and there was no "tick-box" being marked off.

The quality of caring was important in the field, he said.

Corruption by officers would continue to be investigated and officers would continue arresting their own colleagues, if necessary.

"We can't have criminal-minded police officers," the minister said.

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