‘Police service was restructured because it was dysfunctional’

Acting Police Chief Khomotso Phahlane says his back-to-basics programme has led to positive results.

FILE: Acting National Police Commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PRETORIA - Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane says his back-to-basics programme and restructuring has led to positive results, and that the police service is now on the right path to properly tackle crime.

Phahlane was speaking at an Institute for Security Studies (ISS) seminar on how policing is being improved in South Africa.

Since his appointment in October last year, Phahlane has introduced significant changes to the structure and training of the police.

He says the structure of the police service was restructured because it was dysfunctional.

"In the structure that was in place, the whole environment of policing was managed by one individual responsible for visible policing, operation and response services, detective services, forensic services, crime intelligence, protection and security services."


Phahlane also says the recruit training programme was revised because the previous system was not optimal.

The police were criticised several weeks ago when it emerged that it had reduced its training programme to eight months.

The acting commissioner says the entire training programme was reduced to 20 months, but is far more intensive.

"You've got your eight months in the college, which is a serious combination of theory and practice. Once they are done with their eight month's training, then for 12 months they are on probation, literally implementing that which they would have learned."