SAPS To Bolster Ranks With 12 000 New Recruits

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) is on a recruitment drive that could bolster its ranks with at least 12 000 new policemen and policewomen by the end of 2023. 


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The South African Police Service (SAPS) is on a recruitment drive that could bolster its ranks with at least 12 000 new policemen and policewomen by the end of 2023.

Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Thandi Modise explained that 7 000 recruits are currently undergoing the final stages of their training. SAPS will look to recruit and train a further 5 000 officers next year.

Modise said, “This will increase the strength of SAPS in its mandate to prevent and fight crime in communities. We will continually assess the capacity levels within SAPS and recruit accordingly to ensure that we increase the strength of the police from 180 000 officers to service the county’s population of more than 60 million people.”

An expert panel recently revealed that SAPS has insufficient capacity to stop the July unrest that took place in parts of South Africa last year.

Independent Researcher on violence, policing and public security David Bruce believes that to the staged nature of bringing in new offices, SAPS may have considered that it could be a mistake to introduce recruits too quickly.

He said, “It seems that there is a recruitment process that was initiated last year in terms of which 7 000 members are going to be brought into the SAPS later in the year. Now the recruitment process will be initiated and the second batch within that group, possibly 5 000 people will essentially be brought in next year”.

 

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