SAPS striv­ing for a safer SA

Inner City Gazette - - News - By Staff Re­porter news@in­ner-city-gazette.co.za

Plans are afoot for the South African Po­lice Ser­vices (SAPS) to es­tab­lish a crime de­tec­tion academy, as po­lice in­ten­sify crime fight­ing ef­forts in re­sponse to crim­i­nal net­works reign­ing ter­ror.

This was re­vealed by Na­tional Po­lice Com­mis­sioner, Gen­eral Khehla Si­tole, at the con­clu­sion of the three­day Crime De­tec­tion Con­fer­ence.

The theme of the con­fer­ence was “repo­si­tion­ing crime de­tec­tion for ex­cel­lence and syn­ergy in the South African Po­lice Service’s Service De­liv­ery Value Chain”.

Dur­ing the con­fer­ence, the po­lice’s top po­lice brass re­solved on this and var­i­ous other res­o­lu­tions.

Ad­dress­ing re­porters at the con­clu­sion of the con­fer­ence, Si­tole said the academy would as­sist the po­lice to stay abreast of crim­i­nal modus operandi used by crim­i­nals.

“We have chal­lenges were crime is com­mit­ted through deep-web trans­ac­tions and our in­ves­ti­ga­tors are ex­pected to in­ves­ti­gate,” he said.

The academy will not only of­fer short cour­ses but also of­fer medium to long-term pro­grammes.

“We do not in­tend to just train peo- ple in short cour­ses on crime de­tec­tion but we want to in­vest in short, medium and long term in­vest­ment. What has be­come a wake-up call for us is that when crim­i­nals come up with new modus operandi, our train­ing stan­dards im­me­di­ately get out­dated and we are no longer able to re­spond. This par­tic­u­lar academy will also do what we call a con­tin­u­ous and sus­tain­able hu­man re­sources devel­op­ment re­search,” he said.

Dur­ing the con­fer­ence, he said, the SAPS lead­er­ship con­ceded that the academy would ad­dress chal­lenges in crime de­tec­tion, strate­gic col­lab­o­ra­tions with crime in­tel­li­gence, foren­sics and other com­po­nents.

He said the SAPS would strengthen re­la­tions with role-play­ers such as the Direc­torate for Pri­or­ity Crimes In­ves­ti­ga­tion, Fi­nan­cial In­tel­li­gence Cen­tre, Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity and the Depart­ment of Health.

“We have en­gaged ro­bustly on our short­com­ings and em­phat­i­cally on how we are to re­spond to these,” he said.

Si­tole said there should be proper en­gage­ments with com­mu­ni­ties re­gard­ing their cases and com­plaints to build trust and strong re­la­tion­ships with them as core part­ners in crime fight­ing ini­tia­tives.

Dur­ing the con­fer­ence, he said, it was re­solved that com­bat­ting gen­der-based violence, taxi and gang violence, kid­nap­ping, po­lit­i­cal killings and stock theft needed to be a pri­or­ity.

“The con­fer­ence has among oth­ers reaf­firmed the Or­gan­ised Crime Ap­proach, root cause anal­y­sis and modus operandi, cy­ber­crime strat­egy, re­cruit­ment, reen­list­ment and re­ten­tion strat­egy. We will seek to reen­list former mem­bers to en­hance the ca­pac­ity and ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the Crime De­tec­tion en­vi­ron­ment,” he said.

The crime de­tec­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties needed to be ca­pac­i­tated, said Si­tole, if the ra­tio be­tween vis­i­ble polic­ing and the de­tec­tives service were to be ad­dressed. In ad­di­tion to this, po­lice were also pri­ori­tis­ing the strength­en­ing of the in­former net­work.

“Track­ing units should re­sort to op­ti­mise the track­ing of wanted sus­pects,” he said.

The Na­tional Com­mis­sioner said it was agreed dur­ing the con­fer­ence that gov­er­nance should be re­vis­ited and re-train­ing of of­fi­cers should be con­sid­ered to en­hance pro­ce­dures to re­vive the im­por­tance of, among oth­ers, the crit­i­cal need to op­pose bail.

“We have re­solved to de­velop an in­ter­nal strate­gic mar­ket­ing plan for in­di­cat­ing Crime In­tel­li­gence tools and ser­vices to en­hance crime de­tec­tion,” he said.

Cold case teams will be es­tab­lished in all prov­inces and would re­port to the Provin­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tion Units.

De­spite there be­ing risk in pro­vid­ing time­lines for the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of dock­ets, he said the con­fer­ence had re­solved that there were cer­tain time­lines to be ad­hered to.

Chief among these was that com­pul­sory in­ves­ti­ga­tions by de­tec­tives be con­cluded in 72 hours. An­other res­o­lu­tion with re­gard to this was for se­nior of­fi­cers to visit all se­ri­ous and vi­o­lent crime scene cases.

Na­tional Po­lice Com­mis­sioner, Gen­eralKhehla Si­tole

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