The South Africa Police Service (SAPS) says new police recruits will in future undergo eight months training instead of the normal two years duration. SAPS, made this known on Tuesday and asserted that the new training duration is aimed at a “more proactive policing qualification, which should result in a professional, client-centred service to the citizens of SA”.
Speaking further in a statement, SAPS’s divisional commissioner of human resource development, Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, stated that “The shortened training programme would include one month of induction to familiarise trainees with the police station and basic activities at its community service centres, to “enhance trainees’ understanding of police work, and should also improve their learning abilities”.
He added that “the prospective police recruits would also undergo academic and tactical training and importantly an experiential learning at police stations close to the national police academies. The recruits would be introduced to the “culture of the SAPS, including the acceptable level of discipline required of members. The aim was to meet operational needs at station, cluster and provincial levels in line with the back-to-basics approach to policing.
Last week, a total of 5 000 trainees started their training under the revised programme last week, while 3 000 are almost rounding up their one year field training as part of the previous programme. It is expected that the 8 000 trainees would be deployed by December.
SAPS Latest Device
Earlier this month, Cape Town City revealed that the South African Police Service (SAPS) has unveiled its latest project aimed at curbing gun violence. The acoustic devices can proficiently detect and triangulate places where firearms are discharged and then immediately alert law enforcement officials.
Commenting more about the device, Cape Town’s JP Smith said the devices thrived well during a trial period in the gang-ridden suburb of Hanover Park. He noted that with the sensors, police officers will be ever ready to respond to every gunshot incident.
“It has been difficult to get SAPS on board. This time we have confirmation that they will be participating in the system as well and we will install it for them free of charge so that they are able to dispatch staff,” Smith added.