Interventions in place to boost police officer morale

Khomotso Phahlane said plans to improve the police service in 2016 have already been implemented.

Acting National Police Commissioner Lieutenant-General Johannes Khomotso Phahlane addressed the media in Pretoria on 22 December 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane says interventions have been put in place to boost the morale of officers in the country.

Phahlane held a briefing in Pretoria yesterday where he announced various improvements in the service and the challenges still facing the men and women in blue.

He says plans to improve the police service in the New Year have already been implemented.

"We want to take control of the service. We want to take control of the streets of our country so that our people can find peace."

Phahlane says they also plan on recruiting forensic analysts to improve operations at laboratories.

"By February/March, the additional forensic analysts would have taken up their positions."

He has urged officers to uphold the constitution and ensure community safety, adding the police service's integrity will be restored.

At the same time, the Mitchell's Plain Community Policing Forum (CPF)in the Western Cape has welcomed the deployment of police officers at the Promenade Mall, during the festive season period.

National government's anti-crime initiative, Operation Fiela, has shifted its focus to malls in the Western Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.

In the Western Cape, police officers have been deployed at shopping complexes since yesterday.

Mitchell's Plain CPF chairperson Abie Isaacs says they are grateful for the assistance from the South African Police Service, especially because more shoppers are targeted during the summer holidays.

Acting Police Commissioner in the Western Cape, Thembisile Patekile, says they have already received two reports of stokvel savers being robbed.

"We know that the people want to see the hard cash but it would have been nice and preferably safer to have transfers into the banks."

A total of 200 reservists have been called up to assist with visible policing in malls across the Western Cape.