More cops for Cape, new commissioner says

2016-04-07 20:00
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Cape Town  More police officers will be allocated to the Western Cape, while those already in the ranks will be "rechanneled" to be more productive, new provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula said on Thursday.

His announcement came after national police management approved the deployment of current trainee officers in the province.

"We will be getting more members at entry level who are in the [police training] college as we speak," Jula said in Gugulethu following his first meeting with Cape Town's Mayor Patricia de Lille, in a bid to tackle the city’s crime scourge via an integrated approach.

"Even though we know it’s a process to train these members, knowing they are going to be part of SAPS in this province in itself is something we need to be positive about," Jula said.

In addition, he was also doing a headcount of the province’s existing members in a bid to see how best to use the current force.

Optimal utilisation of police

"I believe, having resources is important, but the optimal utilisation is just as important," Jula said.

"Members focused on other priorities are being rechannelled to form part of day-to-day duties in [areas such as] Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Mitchells Plain and Cape Town Central, which are high volume stations," he said.

But it was also important for the communities to protect those who were at their service from cop killings, Jula pointed out.

Police were retraining officers to "sharpen their skills" to recognise potential attacks, he said.

But while an officer may be operationally vigilant, it was psychologically taxing for them to work in an area where there was a high probability of being targeted.

"As a human being, if you are always expecting it to happen, you can try to be proactive and avert an attack, but in that process you may become an attacker yourself," he said.

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