We'll never lower standard of police training – national commissioner

2016-04-26 18:44
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Cape Town – The SA Police Service (SAPS) would never lower its standards of training officers, acting national police commissioner, Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane said on Tuesday.

"We truly do not understand the story which is running which is saying police training has been slashed from 24 months to eight months. It is an uninformed story," he told journalists at a briefing in Cape Town.

He said they would never compromise on training because police officers in the country were faced with challenges and demands that no other country encountered.

Phahlane said current training, which started in April, would run for about 21 months.

"It’s literally three months [less], but there are more benefits now," he explained.

He said officers would spend a month or so at a police station, eight months at the training academy, a month for introduction and 12 months on probation.

Weekends were now included for training purposes too. He said it was very important that the new programme offered a three-week module on crowd management - not two days.

Advanced tactical techniques were now offered, not just basics.

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