Cops want schoolkids to spy

2012-01-14 15:30

Are you at school and see yourself as a future James Bond or impimpi? Then the South African Police Service wants you!

The police launched its junior commissioner project for high school pupils last month.

They want teenagers to keep a watch on their peers at school and in their communities to help in the fight against crime, to build collapsed families and be part of moral regeneration programmes.

Their duties include educating their peers on crime-related matters, assisting with the rehabilitation of young offenders and helping reintegrate them into society.

While police say the pupils will not serve as force multipliers, informers, investigators or reservists, one of their roles will be to “indicate to police crime hotspots at schools and in communities”.

All commissioners and commanders will serve for 12 months and will wear specially designed uniforms – grey trousers, white shirts, blue ties and blazers with the project’s emblem.

Police hope the programme will disrupt criminal organisations.

Police insist junior commissioners will not be exposed to any other risk and that the project will not interfere with the learning process, prevent learners from studying or create difficulties for educators.

» Interested pupils and schools should contact Chris Mashilo on 082 469 6130

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.