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sapsNews24 reports that National Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Khehla Sitole said on Tuesday as he and Police Minister Bheki Cele presented the crime statistics for 2017/18 that the police service has a deficit of 62,000 officers.  

Cele, addressing the media after a presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Police, described the statistics as "scary figures".  Cele indicated that in 2010 there had been 200,000 police officers, while there were currently about 190,000.  Moreover, the population had grown from about 54 million in 2010 to about 57.3 million presently (not including the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country).  According to the United Nations' best policing practice, there should be one police officer for every 220 citizens, while in SA there was a police officer for every 383 people.  Sitole pointed out that, according to the business case they have developed for the police, there was a "deficit" of 62,000 officers.  He said the intake of officers had been increased from the planned 3,000 in this financial year to 5,000 after some consultation with Cele.  The country's police colleges could take up to 7,000 entrants, and that that was what the service would consistently aim for until the gap was closed.

  • Read this report by Jan Gerber in full at News24

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