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Techonological advancement bring new era of policing

By Faeza
27 January 2016


The launch of the TETRA Digital Radio Communication System as well as the official opening of the State of the Art 10111 Command Centre today marked the annual celebration of the National Police Day held at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan area in the Eastern Cape.

The command centre which will assist the police to respond efficiently, effectively and timeously to the needs of community members in distress as well as police criminal activity in the entire metropolitan area has control and dispatching equipment that forms the heart of the digital radio communications network which is referred to as TETRA.

Launching the facilities Police Minister Nathi Nhleko acknowledged that “we live in an era that is technologically advanced and need not ignore that we are part of a global village where the information highway plays a critical role in the interaction with communities to work together to fight the scourge of crime”.

Minister Nhleko stated that while 2016 marks 21 years of committed policing in South Africa it also means that the South African Police Service (SAPS) must keep up with the times.

“The nature of crime and the growing technological competence being displayed by criminals have made it necessary for the SAPS and other law enforcement agencies of government to deploy robust and secure digital technology in all our daily operations as well as our facilities.

“The SAPS has therefore embarked on a national infrastructural development of this nature to be on par with international standards; enable us to have networks that are able to provide secure and high speed technologies and services.”

Meanwhile, the National Police Day was also used to pay tribute to the men and women who have committed to risk their lives to selflessly serve their country. The day has been celebrated since 2005 following a Cabinet decision that declared 27 January to be observed annually.