The presentation of clear and concise policing priorities for the next financial year by members of top management of the South African Police Service led by General Bheki Cele evidently portrayed the seriousness and zeal in the resolve to the fight against crime, as one of the key priorities of government in ensuring that the People of South Africa are and feel safe.
As part of the budget hearings for Programme 1 administration which includes (Division Personnel Management, Division Human Resource Development, Division Human Resource Utilisation, Division Supply Chain Management, Division Technology Management Services, Division and Internal Inspectorate) The high level presentation with both internal and external focus presented by the SAPS includes Improving SAPS infrastructure by building 14 police stations in the next financial year, Increase police visibility, mobilize communities in the fight against crime, reduce serious and violent crimes including contact and trio crimes, prevent crimes against women and children including domestic violence. The priorities will certainly build on the milestones and successes by the SAPS which include a significant decline in the country’s murder rate.
The priorities further talks directly to the directive by the President in the State of the Nation Address to reduce drug and substance abuse, reduce the proliferation of illegal firearms, safeguard and secure borders of SA. Furthermore the SAPS have set targets to expand victim friendly facilities, combat corruption in the public and private sector, curb cyber crime, provide rapid response capability to public disorder, effectively investigate crime , arrest and charge criminals, effectively manage crime perception and build a positive image of the SAPS.
The 200 000 members in the employ of the SAPS remains a crucial commodity hence internal focused priorities were clearly outlined to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of SAPS service delivery agreement. Key to the set deliverables is to conduct focus-driven recruitment, ensure Health and Wellness of SAPS Employees, enhance detective, intelligence, fingerprint, forensic and Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) capacity by training over 11 000 members in basic and specialized detective environments, develop and retain human capital and skills, modernize information and technology systems and processes including the rolling out e-docket in at least 20 stations and introduce tracking units.
The presentation of a detailed budget plan of just over R58 billion in support of the policing priorities in the coming financial year was well received by members of the portfolio committee.
Contribution to job creation includes an additional 22 000 new recruits within the medium term period and a management decision to capacitate SAPS garages with SAPS personnel instead of consultants – this will result to over 250 jobs for artisans in the police thus responding to the government priority for the year 2011
The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Police Ms Cindy Chikunga in her opening remarks unashamedly noted the significant and noticeable impact in the fight against crime by members of the SAPS citing the release of crime statistics, arms cache, police visibility, festive season operations and the historic 2010 FIFA World Cup as one of the key cornerstones and affirmation of a firm grip against crime in South Africa.
In the past two weeks, the National Commissioner of the SAPS General Bheki Cele and top management embarked on the marathon whistle stop visits to all provinces significantly making an impact to SAPS members in understanding the strategic direction of the organization thus eradicating crime and its remnants.
In the midst of challenges and triumphs in the warfare of crime, the SAPS remain confident in together squeezing crime to zero hence all resources and manpower are geared towards achieving this goal and in delivering to the fundamental mandate of ensuring that the people of South Africa are and feel safe.
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