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Phiyega opens police university in Paarl

Saps is partnering with Unisa as part of the initiative aimed at making SAPS more professional.

FILE: National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - South Africa's first police university will create a special breed of officers, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega said on Thursday.

She made the comments during the official opening in Paarl.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) is partnering with the University of South Africa (Unisa) as part of the initiative aimed at re-skilling and making the service more professional.

At least 125 students have been enrolled so far.

Phiyega's spokesperson Solomon Makgale says graduates will receive a bachelor of policing degree.

"We are hoping that out of this programme, we will produce men and women who will be able to fight crime with an academic qualification and a good understanding of how we want policing to happen in the future."

The police have been under fire recently following several allegations of police brutality.

At least three people have been killed in Limpopo during service delivery protests.

This has resulted in many people questioning whether the police have the necessary crowd control skills.

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