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Cops to get more psychological help

2010-11-23 22:08

Pretoria - Psychological services need to be boosted within the SA Police Service to ensure members can fully carry out their duties, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Tuesday.

To ensure this happens, Mthethwa has tasked SAPS management to provide him with a full action plan before the end of the current financial year, detailing recommendations of how to do exactly that.

"The plan will have clear targets, time frames and retention strategy to assist police morale," said Mthethwa in his response to a parliamentary question on the actual and optimal number of police psychologists employed by the SAPS in each province in the past five years.

"It is common knowledge that police operate under tremendous conditions and the stress levels are often very high... We need to have police officers who are not only physically fit, but psychologically and mentally stable."

He emphasised the risk in isolating the psychological aspects, adding that recommendations received would be speedily implemented.

Recent analysis conducted in the department indicates that Gauteng has the highest number of psychologists at 161, followed by KwaZulu-Natal at 136, and the third being the Western Cape at 106.

His spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said this was not entirely surprising as previous research showed that almost 70% of crime in South Africa took place in these three provinces.

The North West province had the least psychologists, at 61.

Mnisi said this could be attributed to among others a decrease in crimes or to certain extents, career moves by the psychologists to other attractive offers - both locally and internationally.

Comments
  • Peter - 2010-11-24 06:17

    Under the apartheid government the cops had access to psychological support, which was later labelled 'an unnecessary expense' and done away with. Funny how history keeps repeating itself.

      Marietjie - 2011-02-03 12:36

      Ja ek stem saam. Die PTS (post tramatiese stres) is baie erg en die breek die persoon en ook al die mense om hom, sy huwelik, sy verhoudings en sy werk. Sy persoonlikheid verander en dan gebeur daar goed wat so onnodigelik eintlik is. Met al die "crime" dra dit by dat die familie ook nie in staat is om die persoon in die mag te help nie. Dit is al vir jare bekend en tog word daar altyd gesloer met die belangrikste goed. Ek wonder net hoeveel mense moet nog selfmoordpleeg, moord, egskeidings ens voordat daar regtig uitkoms kom want die besluitnemers sit lekke rustig in hul gemaklike lugverkoelde kantore en rus!!

  • Annelize - 2010-11-24 07:32

    EK GLO DAT SAPD-LEDE VRYE TOEGANG MOET HĂȘ VIR SIELKUNDIGE-BEHANDELING. `n FAMILIELID VAN MY IS IN DIE MAG AL VIR 24 JAAR. HY HET AL ONGELOOFLIK BAIE DEURGEMAAK. 1. `n FAMILIELID GAAN DOOD AAN KANKER, WAT OOK IN DIE MAG WAS. 2. DAARDIESELFDE FAMILIELID SE SUSTER SE SEUNTJIE VERDRINK. 3. 2 VAN SY KOLEGAS GAAN DOOD (1 SELFMOORD, 1 MOORD). 4. `n JARELANGE VRIEND PLEEG SELFMOORD. 5. `n OOM PROBEER SELFMOORD PLEEG EN HY IS DIE ONDERSOEKBEAMPTE. 6. SY MA KRY KANKER (DANKIE HERE SY DEURSTAAN ALLES). 7. SY VROU RAAK BAIE BAIE BAIE SIEK, SO DAT SY `n HARTOORPLANTING MOET KRY. DIT ALLES DOMPEL HULLE SO IN FINANSIELE KRISIS IN. HY KAN NIE ALLES ALLEEN DEURMAAK NIE, WAAR EINDIG ALLES - IN DIE BOTTEL. HUIDIGLIK IS HY REDELIK "BACK ON TRACK". EK VOEL NOG STEEDS HY MOET SIELKUNDIGE HULP KRY, MAAR DIT IS OOK SEKER SY EIE KEUSE. ONS AS FAMILIE SAL ALLES PROBEER OM HOM TE HELP. HY IS MAL OOR SY WERK EN LEEF VIR DIT!

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