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2016 was a challenging year, says top cop Phahlane

Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane has presided over the first graduation parade of police trainees.

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

PRETORIA - Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane presided over the first graduation parade of police trainees on Thursday.

The event, at the police training college in Pretoria West, was just one of several around the country that will see about 5,000 recruits being deployed to police stations for their last year of training.

Phahlane says 2016 was a challenging year.

“Members of the South African Police Service have dedicated their time towards the safety and security of our people during difficult periods, such as #FeesMustFall protests and the 2016 local government elections among others.”

He says these recruits will now be deployed to gain first-hand experience.

“Following the completion of their academic training, members are deployed as fully-fledged constables to police stations across the country, where they’ll serve on a one year probation period.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)