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First SAPS university opened in CT

Riah Phiyega opened the newly developed SAPS university in Paarl in partnership with Unisa.

Police closely monitor protests in Marikana in the North West on 14 August 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

CAPE TOWN – The South African Police Union (Sapu) says a police university will help improve the standard of policing in the country.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega opened the university, which is the first of its kind in South Africa, in Paarl on Thursday.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) is partnering with the University of South Africa, in a bid to professionalise the police service.

At least 125 students have been enrolled at the institution so far.

Sapu's Joseph Manuel says, “Professional policing is a must in this country. We have the resources, we just need to channel it in the right direction. To have better police, they have to be better equipped and have more knowledge about the subject. And this can only be to the advantage of the police service in general.”

He adds: “It will better the capacity of the police and people will look at these universities and this new development as more credible and it might attract more people to the police service.”

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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