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'Lazing' cops off the butts, on to streets

By unknown | Jan 17, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

The redeployment of office-bound police officers to the streets of KwaZulu-Natal is already under way.

This is after police authorities opted to close down their regional offices and deploy more officers into the field.

Gauteng has completed the process and KwaZulu-Natal and the rest of the country are expected to follow by January 22.

The restructuring strategy comes after the high increase of crime and of officers being accused of sitting in air-conditioned offices, planning crime prevention without tangible results.

More than 1555 additional officers will now be "on the beat", helping to make policing visible. Some will be seen cycling and others on horseback.

Police spokesman Vishnu Naidoo said the migration of skills, knowledge and experience from stations would enhance the fight against crime.

He said all personnel had been given 21 days to report to their new stations. Seven regional offices are now closed and the officers have been deployed to police stations.


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