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JMPDNews24 reports that the lack of basic tactical training and procuring firepower are some of the factors hampering the Johannesburg Metro Police Department's (JMPD’s) ability to tackle crime in the lawless inner city.

At the weekend, JMPD officers came under heavy fire by an armed gang. They were doing routine patrols around the city's Carlton Centre when they received a tip-off about a group of men travelling in a taxi reportedly robbing people. One officer was wounded in his shoulder following the shootout with the gang at a petrol station. During a stakeholder meeting on Monday, Public Safety MMC Mgcini Tshwaku said serious concerns had been raised about the safety of JMPD officers conducting crime prevention operations in the CBD. He pointed out that the CBD had been earmarked as one of the areas with the highest crime rate in the metro, and the more than 100 officers who patrolled the area should undergo tactical training. "All of them must be trained like the [JMPD's] Tactical Response Unit [TRU]. There was a resolution that the normal officers in the CBD should also have high-calibre firearms and fast cars," Tshwaku indicated. In November last year, the JMPD established the TRU, which it said was a unit dedicated to fighting crime with a "proactive approach".

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Iavan Pijoos at News24

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