Phahlane announces detective services recovery plan

The acting police chief says police will ensure effective management of crime scenes & exhibits.

FILE: Acting National Police Commissioner Lieutenant-General Johannes Khomotso. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PRETORIA - Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane has announced the implementation of a detective services recovery plan, to improve success rates as well as interaction with the public.

The general was speaking in Pretoria yesterday at a briefing on the police's plans for the year.

Phahlane announced last year that the police would undergo restructuring and include a so-called B ack-to-Basics campaign.

He says police management will re-look at how cases are allocated, to ensure detectives aren't overburdened, which has been a major concern with the division.

"Assess the docket allocation methodology to ensure that you don't have members overloaded with case dockets."

He says a docket age analysis will be conducted to change the way detectives deal with complainants.

"It is very critical for us that those cases that have been reported, victims of the crime are continuously engaged during the investigation process."

Phahlane says police will ensure the effective management of crime scenes and exhibits.