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ISS welcomes police health & wellbeing programme

Police management this week launched a programme aimed at improving officers' health and wellbeing.

FILE: The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has welcomed an intervention by the police service to improve the well-being of its officers. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has welcomed an intervention by the police service to improve the wellbeing of its officers.

Police management this week launched a programme aimed at improving officers' health and wellbeing.

On a national level, a staggering 76 percent of officers are either overweight or obese.

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer is also to push for compulsory debriefing and trauma counselling for South African Police Service members.

The institute's Johan Burger has backed Lamoer's call.

"In addition to alcohol, there are more police officers reaching out to substances in order for them to deal with their peers and the things they have to live with and work with."