‘GET EVIDENCE FIRST BEFORE ARRESTING’
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.