Parlimentary Question: Police members in the FCS unit

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QUESTION NO 1292

DATE OF PUBLICATION IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 26 APRIL 2010
(INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 11- 2010)

Date reply submitted : 18 May 2010
1292 Mrs D A Schäfer (DA) to ask the Minister of Police:

(1) (a) With reference to his reply to question 813 on 19 April 2010, how many members will be employed in the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) unit, (b) what training will these members have at the time they are assigned to these units, (c) how many units are envisaged and (d) where will they be located;
(2) whether trained staff that previously manned the FCS units will be re-employed in the new unit; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;
(3) whether these reinstated specialised units will be any different from the disbanded FCS units; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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REPLY:
(1)(a) The exact number of members to be deployed to FCS units is in the process of being determined, taking into account the workload and geographical location of the envisaged units.
(b) The level of expertise in terms of training will vary from members who have attended the following courses:

Detective Learning Programme (DLP);

Detective Commanders Learning Programme (DCLP);

Sexual Offences Investigators course;

Resolving of Crime course; and

Fully fledged FCS course.
(c)&(d) It is envisaged to align FCS units with the Cluster Policing Model consisting of 176 Clusters. However, crime tendencies and environmental factors within a demarcated Cluster will be taken into account when establishing fully fledged FCS units at Cluster level. Additional investigative capacities will also be placed at Provincial level, dealing mainly with serious FCS related crimes.
(2) All trained and current serving personnel that previously manned FCS units will be considered for placement. The latter placement will be done in terms of the transfer policy of SAPS.
(3) The functions of these units will be the same but will be reinforced with Forensic Social Workers to support specifically child victims and persons with disabilities. The FCS units will also work closely with NGO’s and other Government initiatives such as the Thuthuzela Care Centres.

Reply to question 1292 approved by Minister