Think out of the box, police told

2012-09-06 22:33

Cape Town - The police need to embrace information technology and start thinking out of the box, a senior ANC MP said on Thursday.

Acting police portfolio committee chairperson Annelize van Wyk said a lack of modernisation was severely hampering the SA Police Service, specifically its detective branches.

She suggested police management form partnerships with institutions to solve the problems they experienced in concluding cases.

"We are saying there are... experts that can give technological solutions to many of these challenges."

Van Wyk was briefing reporters after a workshop on the state of the detective service. She said a change of attitude was needed.

"The culture that they [the police] have currently is almost a culture of 'we know the answers to everything'."

She challenged police management to get up from behind their desks and seek solutions.

"What we said about specialised training... when you look at cyber crime, there are institutions like banks that focus on this and there's nothing stopping [the] SAPS from having a partnership with these institutions.

"Why not have a police officer, hoping to become a cyber crime detective, work within the institution [bank] and being trained in that way?"

Van Wyk said many solutions to detectives' problems could be bought off the shelf.

"One of the issues is why are they [SAPS] buying digital cameras and cellphones, when you can have one solution, one cellphone and camera in one, which can e-mail directly to the criminal records centre. You could even have fingerprints taken on some devices."

On the language barrier preventing detectives from taking down statements properly, Van Wyk proposed a national call centre, staffed by interpreters, which officers could access.

  • Mike - 2012-09-06 22:49

    Eish waat bocks?

      johann.oosthuizen.980 - 2012-09-06 23:07

      Eish, the KFC box.

      Desilusionada - 2012-09-07 07:27

      Think out of the Box.? Look at the weird and wonderful schemes some think up and the way the total service is run. IT IS ALREADY OUT OF THE BOX.....

      tgif.wtfaw - 2012-09-07 08:53

      D dubbel nol vyf, D005 !

      pieter0827006294 - 2012-09-07 09:01

      Ja, dink weg van die D005 af!

  • tobydt - 2012-09-06 23:59

    "We are saying there are... experts that can give technological solutions to many of these challenges." Yeah, there are. But lets give all the IT tenders to Gijima anyways.

  • cornelius.vanoudorp - 2012-09-07 00:14

    What we need are committed, well trained police - and well paid, but with a sense of service to others rather than self. But we won't get that if this so-called Government persists in the appointment of rank amateurs - with no qualifications but their servility to the ruling party - to the top (and other)jobs. Technology is - in the best of circumstances - an aid to competence and dedication, not a substitute for it. More generally: This so-called Government should begin to practice SERVICE rather than to merely mouth it. As for Ms Van Wyk: Please don't pretend to be anything but a party hack - and please spare us the banalities.

      whoowhoohoo - 2012-09-07 06:36

      I believe the time is ripe to put this myth about poorly paid policemen in the dustbin where it belongs. I challenge anyone to research the salary structure with specific reference to the "cost to company" pay packets of all ranks in the police and publish the truth for the whole world to see.

  • lala.kunene - 2012-09-07 01:04

    Gosh, I doubt as most S.A police, could hardly speak english as most of them got grade 10.

      Phil.Kleynhans - 2012-09-07 02:28

      Which they bought from OK bazaar

      eben.terblanche.1 - 2012-09-07 04:12

      And then I still read in 3 separate witness statements that I drove at an excessive speed, even though the main witness cannot speak English properly. Goes to show that some police men can still speak decent English.

      gngaleka - 2012-09-07 05:30

      All the French police can't speak English but they have one of the best police forces in the world. If that does'nt make you think deeper it means you only learnt to lala a lot at school and woke up hearing the word English Kunene.

      Barefoot - 2012-09-07 06:53

      English this English that, there are Afrikans speaking people i work with they can't speak proper English but they are still intelligent. yes English is an international language but please it's not the language of intelligence. e.g most words used in academic literature esp medicine are from Latin or Greek

      pieter0827006294 - 2012-09-07 08:59

      @gngaleka " They only speak French because their only official Language is French you idiot. Do you expect our police force to learn all 11 Languages spoken in SA. Bwahahaha, what a dumb comment!

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-07 11:07

      And you expect them to understand human rights and the constitution...both available in English most of the time.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-07 03:08

    Better plan, arrest them all and put them into the box

  • lionel.defrontignac - 2012-09-07 04:50

    As usual; the point and opportunity are missed: the issue here is MANAGEMENT - this ANC bunch never actually appoint a real cop to lead the police.

  • charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-09-07 06:08

    The police used to have specialists, but that was all changed, just like the rank system which was changed back again. It is all just a waste of time and money.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-09-07 06:10

    I would love to speak to this new commissoner as I have some ideas on what could turn the cop shop around

  • gustav.preller.75 - 2012-09-07 06:15

    First they should learn how to "think". Baby steps....

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-09-07 07:35

    Rather start at the top and eradicate corruption in it's entirety. Then select able and mentally and physically fit candidates, disregarding race and gender. Follow that up with proper disciplined training by instructors who are top police officers in their own right. The police department is a police force and not an employment agency where you mess around with quotas!

  • david.mothemela - 2012-09-07 07:48

    I think Van Wyk is right,We rather Come With Suggestions To help Our Police to render Better Service than to Criticize.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-09-07 08:22

    I really have to agree with the person, that once said, that he was all for encouraging, thinking outside the box provided that there was at least, some signs of, thinking inside the box.

  • thomas.more.946179 - 2012-09-07 08:47

    The problem Annelize, is that there are to many "workshops" and meetings. Meetings and workshops must be constructive and things should happen after all this money and time has been wasted to come up with ideas. What will be discussed on your next "workshop"? The same issues again. Talk is cheap, money buys the whiskey my dear. Just get things done, I can drive in my car and come up with all this ideas as well, and don't waste taxpayers money on just ideas. I think it is time for all to get off their chair and do things, rather than just thinking about it. As you can see I am not a follower of senseless and time wasting meetings and workshops. However constructive meetings and workshops has their place, So please go and think outside of the box of how you are going to implement your ideas.

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-07 09:31

    It will also help them to think outside the gun.

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