‘GET EV­I­DENCE FIRST BE­FORE AR­REST­ING’

Observer on Saturday - - News -

Mean­while, the At­tor­ney Gen­eral Si­fiso Khu­malo has urged po­lice of­fi­cers not to rush to ar­rest any­one with­out gath­er­ing ev­i­dence with the hope that once the sus­pect is ar­rested, they would be able to ex­tract in­for­ma­tion.

“If it might be done, it must be within the con­sti­tu­tion­ally pro­vided 48 hours.

The ev­i­dence at hand must jus­tify the ar­rest and you are en­cour­aged to some­times li­aise with the of­fice of the Direc­torate of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions in or­der to de­ter­mine that the ev­i­dence you have in your possession jus­ti­fies an ar­rest, es­pe­cially on com­plex is­sues,” he said. Mean­while, Se­nior Deputy Na­tional Com­mis­sioner Sula Dlamini, who was rep­re­sent­ing the act­ing Na­tional Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Wil­liam Dlamini, said there was ur­gent need to ad­dress the short­falls that are cost­ing them in terms of rep­u­ta­tional cap­i­tal, and the fea­si­ble start­ing point which the po­lice lead­er­ship has iden­ti­fied.

“It is in this line that we have seen it fit to broaden ac­cess to this par­tic­u­lar course as I have in­ferred, so that ef­fi­cien­cies at the sta­tions are not only im­proved, but of­fi­cers con­duct them­selves in a man­ner that meets the ex­pec­ta­tions of the pub­lic we are hon­oured to serve,” he said.

He, there­fore, urged the grad­u­at­ing of­fi­cers to go back and be dili­gent in the ex­e­cu­tion of their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as su­per­vi­sors.

He said the cul­ture of su­per­vis­ing by re­mote control should come to an end.

“You need to al­ways be at the pulse of all op­er­a­tions in your re­spec­tive work­sta­tions to en­sure that work pro­cesses run smoothly and in strict con­for­mity to or­gan­i­sa­tional poli­cies and reg­u­la­tory leg­is­la­tions,” he stated.

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