Western Cape police boss appointed

2010-11-25 09:46

Cape Town - Acting Western Cape police commissioner Lieutenant General Arno Lamoer has been appointed permanently in the position, national police chief Bheki Cele said on Thursday.

"Lieutenant General Arno Lamoer has been appointed as the Provincial Commissioner of the Western Cape with immediate effect," Cele's office said.

Lamoer has been acting in the position since his predecessor Mzwandile Petros moved to Gauteng.

Cele said he announced Lamoer's permanent appointment "with pleasure" and that he had extensive police experience.

The 50-year-old joined the SA Police Service 30 years ago, after a two-year stint as a teacher.


During his basic training, he received an award for being the best student.

He started his career as a trainer and lecturer at the Bishop Lavis Training College where he worked from 1980 to 1986, moving up to the rank of lieutenant.

Lamoer then became station commander of Atlantis in the Western Cape and was transferred to Manenberg police station in 1990, where he worked as station commander until 1994.

"He was later transferred to the then Athlone District Commandant's office where he served as Area Head Visible Policing in Wynberg and Western Peninsula Area Offices," said the statement.

He was appointed in 1996 by the then minister of safety and security to address corruption in the Western Cape and later in the same year he was appointed as the Deputy Area Commissioner, East Metropole, Western Cape.

In 1998, he was transferred to the Organised Crime and Public Safety directorates and from the mid-2000s, he served as commander for special operations in the Western Cape.

He headed up investigations into urban terror and gangsterism in the Western Cape.

In 2006, he was appointed divisional commissioner of the Crime Prevention and Operational Response Services and later became divisional commissioner for visible policing.

  • GT - 2010-11-25 10:06

    Good one. Now lets get s policeman as national commissioner

      Pedro - 2010-11-25 18:58

      Right on !!

  • Shistirrer - 2010-11-25 10:15

    Mooi so! Nou is die kriminele in hul Lamoer.

      ray.romans - 2010-11-25 11:24

      Ah no :)

  • keng - 2010-11-25 13:25

    Excellent News to hear a "real" policeman has been deservedly been recognized and rewarded.

  • Pedro - 2010-11-25 18:56

    He sounds like a real proper policeman. Good luck, I'm sure you will do a good job.

  • Wernerkwane - 2010-11-27 07:08

    Sounds like a man with the right pedigree!, now can we clone him and send him to Polokwane too?

  • croix - 2010-11-27 08:35

    Wow!! Most positive report I have read for a LOOOOONNNG time.One of the few who have a CV of note - we sure have gotten used to hearing so-and-so has been appointed as Minister etc. and then one always wonders (the mind boggles!!)what QUALIFIES that person to SERVE in the specific governmental position as A PUBLIC SERVANT in which he/she has been appointed!!!!!

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