Popcru: Communities’ role vital in ending cop killings

Nearly 60 officers have been killed since January, with at least eight being killed in the past two weeks.

FILE: Popcru President Nathi Theledi says there needs to be an urgent national campaign to address police killings. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNEBSURG - The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) says communities play a major role in helping the authorities' combat crime and reducing the number of police officers killed.

The union addressed the media in Johannesburg today on its suggestion to ensure the safety of their members.

Nearly 60 police officers have been murdered since January, with at least eight being killed in the past two weeks.

Popcru President Nathi Theledi says there needs to be an urgent national campaign to address police killings.

"This should ensure that all sectors of society are involved. Its main focus must be on creating good working relations between the police and the entire society."

Theledi urged their members to be vigilant.

"They need to have their bullet proof vests on at all times, see each crime call-up as very serious [situation] and they need to act decisively on anyone pulling a gun on an officer."

He says Popcru supports and appreciates the night vigil being held at Johannesburg central police station tonight to raise awareness about police killings.

WATCH: Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu told police officers at a memorial service on Tuesday to use the weapons they have been provided with, to protect themselves at all costs.