The Commissioner addressed the media shortly after Police Minister Bheki Cele introduced him to staff.
Addressing reporters on Friday, Masemola said he assumed the leadership role during a challenging time where public trust and confidence in the police was low.
He said: “The immediate demand for my priority attention is on: the need to build and strengthen community-police relations and subsequently change the prevailing negative public perception; as well as the need to work on both the morale and the integrity of our members who ultimately have a constitutional duty to serve and to protect our communities.”
During his tenure, he said he would mainly focus his energies towards a list of priorities.
These included issues of police safety, the DNA backlog at the South African Police Service (SAPS) Forensic Science Laboratories, as well as the Central Firearm Registry.
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