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Phiyega establishes SAPS university

A total of 120 police members will be enrolled for the Bachelor of Policing Degree in 2014.

National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A university has been established to transform the police into a professional entity, National Commissioner Riah Phiyega said on Tuesday.

She made the comments at the Paarl South African Police Service (SAPS) Academy in the Western Cape.

A memorandum of understanding was signed between Phiyega, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, the Department of Higher Education and the University of South Africa (Unisa).

Phiyega says today marks the first phase of the creation of the police university.

In phase two, a total of 120 police members will be enrolled for the Bachelor of Policing Degree in 2014 through Unisa.

She says through this programme, they will be enhancing the skills capacity of police officers.

The top cop says they owe it to the men and women in blue to afford them an opportunity to become leaders for a new generation of police officers.