Cops to get sexual offence training

2012-05-28 22:07

Johannesburg - Special training would be provided to strengthen police response to sexual offences, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Monday.

"We are... prioritising specialised training for investigators of sexual offences to ensure that we move beyond arrest to secure harsher convictions," he said in a statement.

In addition, police stations needed to become environments more friendly to victims with the addition of dedicated victim support rooms.

Mthethwa called on police to "go beyond the call of duty" in clamping down on crimes against children at the start of Child Protection Week.

The in-service training of police officers would be extended to include a victim support learning programme.

During the 2012/2013 financial year, 2 161 more detectives would be trained, with renewed focus on the importance of taking statements.

"We cannot begin to overemphasise the accuracy of statement-taking because such a process has an impact on an outcome and conclusion of any case," Mthethwa said.

Victims should also be kept informed of progress in their cases.

Mthethwa said the police would work with the department of basic education to facilitate school-based crime prevention programmes to make schools safe learning environments.

"Learners are encouraged to report any form of abuse to the SAPS," he said.

"The focus however is to build resistance and resilience amongst learners to crime and violence and also from victimisation and offending behaviour."

  • Sharon - 2012-05-28 22:25

    So 1 week of 52 is reserved for child protection. This is when politicians come up with wonderful schemes and plans for the protection of our children, which they fail to implement in the remaining 51 weeks. I wish children were important all year round!

  • John - 2012-05-29 00:40

    Mmm, interesting. Does this mean better sex with prisoners in jail? While I commend the effort can we at least start with SAPS members that can read and write (and not steal like their management does)?

  • anne.silverguru - 2012-05-29 01:17

    how sad that a captain and sic of the former FCS,with eighteen years of experience is now reading a few files in a court of Johannesburg.Politics keeps her out of the work she loves

  • terrancebalfour - 2012-05-29 06:07

    Oh Come on..This is nothing new..This course started 14 years ago and should have been an on going thing..What have the instructors been doing all this time

      Anthony - 2012-05-29 07:41

      teaching prisoners how to be sexually active

  • Gavin - 2012-05-29 07:25

    and when does the - how to do an honest days work - training take place ?

  • felican - 2012-05-29 08:13

    Oh Great so that 51 more weeks the perps - pimps and perverted can "Carry On Sargeant!!" These innocents (OF ALL COLOUR, RACE and CREED) who did not ASK for Birth - but given it anyway - many by the force of rape and already riddled with AIDS - many for the sakes of them being an instrument for a Government grant - are the future of this country, whether we like it or not. What chances do they REALLY have to a better Democractic and not Demoncracy New South South Africa. too many '7' day wonders spewed and too many 'yada yada' and not enough 'ka ching' Pray Tell? I ask you with tears in my eyes indeed...

  • stanley.marries - 2012-05-29 08:46

    WTF?...only now?? were they investigating sexual assault cases the whole time?

  • Loo - 2012-05-29 09:00

    COPS are the ones doing the raping ... training WTF ?

      John - 2012-05-29 10:28

      "Cops to get sexual offence training"......hmmmm That is realy misleading as "Title".

  • Zinhle - 2012-05-29 11:04

    NO man, they should go to a sexual addiction rehab. We hear stories of victims who go to the police station to report a rape incident and they get raped by the police themselves. The police also ask for sex from prostitutes in order for them not to be arrested.

  • jan.calitz1 - 2012-05-30 07:26

    Mr. Minister: Establish an effective Child Protection Unit with dedicated detectives in each cluster! Specialised units should deal with these cases and greater success will serve as prevention! It is of no use to "train" members who are not interested and only walk the beat to receive their pay!

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