Police making a dent in crime - Phahlane

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Police officers. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)
Police officers. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Cape Town - The downward trend in crime statistics shows police are making a serious dent in reducing crime, acting police commissioner Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane said on Friday.

“When we say that we have made progress, sometimes it is not convincing, especially when we talk of an area where lives have been lost,”' he said ahead of presentation on the 2015/16 crime statistics on Friday.

“But the downward trend suggests our efforts are making a serious dent towards reducing crime,” he told the portfolio committee on police in Parliament.

“We are going to carry on turning the picture around,” he said.

Co-operation from all sectors trying to prevent crime was very encouraging, he added.

The results were endorsed by StatsSA.

Phahlane is standing in for Riah Phiyega, who was suspended pending an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

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