New police recruits will in future only be required to undergo eight months of training, less than half of the current two-year programme, the SAPS announced on Tuesday.
This is part of acting national police commissioner Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane’s campaign aimed at enhancing service delivery and ensuring all officers are adequately trained to deal with day-to-day situations.
The SAPS announced the introduction of the Basic Training Learning Programme yesterday.
Experts welcomed the move, but cautioned against the neglect of theoretical or academic training.
The new course will effectively shorten the 24-month training programme that student recruits undergo prior to being appointed as police officers to an “intensive” eight-month training programme.
A total of 8 000 new recruits will be placed at police stations and units across South Africa by December.
source: Herald Live