Police to get out from behind their desks in Bheki Cele’s new crime-busting plan
Trained officers who have been in admin posts will be redeployed in a drive to get more boots on the ground to combat violent crime
Police have unveiled a plan to get more boots on the ground to combat violent crimes such as cash-in-transit heists.
Trained officers who have been desk bound performing administrative duties‚ will now be deployed in the major cities to take part in high visibility police operations.
Police Minister Bheki Cele ramped up the fight against criminals when he announced the plan at the South African Police Service (SAPS) Tshwane Academy on Monday.
He said SA had recently been plagued by serious and violent crime‚ which had instilled fear in law-abiding citizens.
"I have directed the SAPS management to adopt an extraordinary approach to stabilise this crime wave‚ which must be followed by a normalisation approach‚" Cele said.
According to the minister, the proposed stabilisation plan would involve the migration of resources. Administration duty officers trained as police would be deployed in visible policing operations at identified hotspots in the country.
Cele said the plan aimed to specifically target crimes such as cash-in-transit robberies‚ murders‚ house robberies‚ gang violence and taxi violence.
"We will be dedicating teams to track and arrest wanted suspects." Police aim to get more uniformed police officers out on foot and in vehicles, with support from the SAPS air wing, to conduct cordon-and-search operations‚ roadblocks and hunt for wanted suspects.
Police commissioner Gen Khehla Sitole said that for operational reasons‚ he could not disclose the number of administration officers to be deployed.
"All those members in administration who are trained will be in the field.
"There will be those members who will be permanently moved from the offices to police stations‚" he said.
According to Sitole, the crime plan aimed to take resources into more policing areas‚ closer to communities.