Police top brass to brief MPs on 'back to basics' campaign
The new strategy aims to enhance police visibility, entrench discipline & improve detective services.
CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - The police's top brass will today brief Parliament's police portfolio committee on the 'back to basics' campaign.
The strategy is a response to 'critical deficiencies' identified during an analysis of the South African Police Service (Saps)'s past performance.
But it's been rejected by the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru).
The new strategy aims to enhance police visibility, entrench discipline as a distinctive characteristic of policing and improve detective services.
Members of Parliament (MPs) will hear about the progress in implementing the campaign.
Committee chairperson Francois Beukman says, "The turnaround with the detective service is a very important matter because it affects the ability of the police to have good convictions and it also deals with the issue of confidence with the public."
Former Gauteng Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba was recently transferred to the Saps head office to lead the newly established management intervention unit.
MEN AND WOMEN IN BLUE HONOURED
Authorities say National Police Day acknowledges the sacrifices made by the men and women in blue to keep the country and its citizens safe.
The celebration yesterday commemorated the 21st anniversary of policing in South Africa's democracy.
The police's Vishnu Naidoo says the annual celebration aims to assist in fostering better relations between the community and the police.
"We celebrate this day in giving thanks to members who have lost their lives in execution of their duties. We also dedicate this day to members who have risked their lives to protect the people of South Africa to ensure that they feel safe."