ISS: Police should re-establish specialised units

A new ISS study suggests police establish specialised units to tackle serious & violent crime.

FILE: The institute says a study of the upward trend in murder and robbery over the last few years shows the need for specialised units. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A new Institute for a Security Studies research paper has suggested that the police, as a matter of urgency, establish specialised units to tackle serious and violent crime.

The study looks at the establishment of specialised units from 1994 and their destruction under Jackie Selebi.

It also investigates the gradual effort to reintroduce such skills to the service.

When Selebi was appointed in 2000, there were about 530 specialised units, six years later he had closed down 355 of them.

The institute's Johan Burger says a study of the upward trend in murder and robbery over the last few years shows the need for specialised units.

"It is urgent in terms of re-establishing something similar to the serious and violent crimes unit."