Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane reiterates the need to combat crime through strong commitment between the communities and the state police.
The commissioner was at a recruit graduation ceremony in the west of Pretoria on Thursday where he emphasized the need for the state police to work closely with the communities they serve in order to combat crime.
Khomotso Phahlane told about 5,000 new constables being deployed to police stations to finish their training, that they must work closely with those they serve.
“Remember that the community we serve are our partners and mutual respect between the police and our public are vital ingredients of the Back to Basics approach.” Khomotso Phahlane said as he reminds them of their duties.
“As a new member of the South African Police Service, you’re now the defender of the law and the upholder of what’s right. Back away from immoral influences, criminality and corruption.”
Phahlane says the recruits have already started their operations training. The new recruits will be deployed to malls across the country over the festive season.
“Our new recruits have over the past few weeks been deployed in the malls and shopping centres here in Gauteng. They have already experienced the reality of policing.”
Meanwhile, the acting Commissioner noted that the graduation of new recruits under his ‘Back to Basics’ programme comes at the time when additional resources are needed to protect malls and ensure the public is safe over the festive season.
Police Minister Nathi Nhleko also told the recruits that their police careers have officially started.
“You can make an immediate and visible contribution to policing on a daily basis starting of course with this festive season. The security of our people and their property is now in your hands.”
The constables will spend one year on probation and will be based at police stations across the country.