WC police graduates eager to join fight against crime

The Saps held a passing out parade for nearly 2,000 recruits in Athlone.

Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - New police graduates in the Western Cape say they are eager to help combat crime in the province.

The South African Police Service (Saps) held a passing out parade for nearly 2,000 recruits in Athlone yesterday.

A second parade will be held in Pretoria today for about 1,600 new police recruits who have completed the basic police development learning programme.

#SapsParade Acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane says 1929 new police recruits are here today. SF pic.twitter.com/1yPcEMnilj

Constable Jade Coetzee from Oudtshoorn says she's dreamt of joining the Saps since she was a youngster.

"Now I get a chance to protect and serve my whole community."

Michello Reid, a former law student, believes his legal knowledge could help improve the service.

"I've decided to postpone my studies and pursue policing in order to advise the police pertaining to the law and to reduce police brutality."

The majority of the nearly 2,000 new police recruits who graduated yesterday will be deployed across the Western Cape.

The rest will be based in the Eastern and Northern Cape.

#SapsParade in CPT the saps parade is being held at the Vygieskraal stadium in Athlone. SF pic.twitter.com/AmamuMyg9B