Lieutenant General Arno Lamoer has been appointed as the Provincial Commissioner of the Western Cape with immediate effect. Lamoer was Divisional Commissioner for Visible Policing with responsibility for all uniform policing in South Africa as well as peacekeeping operations under the banner of the United Nations and African Union.
National Commissioner of Police General Bheki Cele says Lamoer managed his previous portfolios exceptionally well, with utmost determination and excellent leadership proving himself to be competent in the execution of his policing mandate. “As a well a trained and experienced officer, coupled with his immeasurable knowledge of the Western Cape, General Lamoer is well suited to lead the police in that province”, Cele said in a media statement.
Lamoer, 50, joined the South African Police in 1980, after a two-year spell as a teacher, and excelled during basic training, where he was awarded an accolade for being the best student. He then served as a training officer and lecturer at the police’s Bishop Lavis Training College in Cape Town to 1986. During which period he progressed to the rank of lieutenant.
In 1986 he was appointed as Station Commander at Atlantis, north of Cape Town. In 1990 he was transferred to the Manenberg Police Station and later promoted Station Commander. In 1994 he was transferred to the then-Athlone District Commandant’s office where he served as Area Head Visible Policing in Wynberg and in the Western Peninsula Area Offices. He was appointed in 1996 by the then Minister of Safety and Security to address corruption in the Western Cape and later in the same year he was appointed as the Deputy Area Commissioner, Eastern Metropole in the Western Cape.
During 1998 he was transferred to the Organised Crime and Public Safety Directorates which were headed by Advocate Percy Sonn. From mid-2000 he served a Commander for Special Operations in the Western Cape, heading, amongst other thing, the investigations into- and operations against urban terror, as well as gangsterism in the Western Cape. The province was, at the time suffering a scourge of bomb attacks attributed to the People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (PAGAD) vigilante group. In September 2001 he was appointed Area Commissioner for the Cape Town Eastern Metropole.
General Lamoer was appointed Divisional Commissioner of the Division: Operational Response Services in 2002 and on June 1, 2006 he was appointed Divisional Commissioner of the then Division: Crime Prevention and Operational Response Services.