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SAPS strengthens ranks with appointment of senior managers

Along with over 9200 new police officers having completed the Basic Police Learning Development Programme training, the South African Police Service (SAPS) has strengthened its ranks with the appointment of two senior managers.

This, according to National Commissioner, General Fannie Masemola, is part of the organisation's plans to increase capacity, enhance accountability and bring about stability within the respective provinces and divisions.

The injection of new blood within the SAPS ranks "is seen as a force multiplier which will enhance police visibility during and beyond the festive period".

"The first 495 newly trained police officers consisting of Law, Criminology and BSC graduates have already been deployed to various units after completing their training in September this year. The remaining 556 trainees are still undergoing training following the commencement of their 9-month program in October this year," said the General.

In an effort to bolster Forensic Sciences Laboratories (FSL), the SAPS has recently reached an advanced stage in recruiting 60 forensic analysts.

The analysts are expected to be deployed to capacitate and bolster the police's efforts to reduce the DNA backlog and maintain prescribed standards in relation to DNA processing.

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