Fixing Crime Intelligence top of agenda, says police commissioner

The unit has been beset by leadership controversy over the years, with two acting appointments to head the unit in the past six months.

General Khehla John Sitole. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole says fixing the South African Police Services (SAPS)'s Crime Intelligence division is top of his agenda.

The unit has been beset by leadership controversy over the years, with two acting appointments to head the unit in the past six months.

It was revealed in Parliament recently that three-quarters of crime intelligence officers don’t have security clearance.

The police portfolio committee has on Friday urged the new commissioner to prioritise the appointment of a permanent Crime Intelligence boss.

Parliament’s portfolio committee says it’s concerned over how cutbacks in the SAPS will affect Crime Intelligence.

A 2010 study projected the division needed at least 3,000 more staff.

The SAPS has told the committee 41 critical posts for intelligence analysts have been identified.

These posts will be advertised at top crime spots in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape.

Sitole said: “Yes, the police have got challenges. Yes, Crime Intelligence has challenges, but not all is lost.”

He says a feasibility study for crime intelligence will be finalised by the end of the month.

In the meantime, an interim plan for the division will be implemented as part of his “quick win” turnaround plan for the service.