Blame deaths of police on their sloppy training

Allow me to pass my sincere condolences to the families of the two policemen who were recently killed in Cape Town.

Allow me to pass my sincere condolences to the families of the two policemen who were recently killed in Cape Town.

The killing of policemen continues unabated and that is cause for concern.

I read in the newspaper how the lives of the two law enforcers were sniffed out. I fail to understand how this happened.

My assertion is that if our police were properly trained this situation would have been avoided.

When police attend a complaint of this nature, they need to be extra careful, more especially when you have entered a house with which you are not familiar.

Members must sweep through the house room by room with one member providing cover for the other. I doubt if the murdered cops did that.

The Department of Safety and Security should be blamed for this incident because it phased out the Special Weaponry and Techniques (Swat) course which used to conducted at the Maleoskop-Groblersdal centre.

The basic training of police is not as intensive as it used to be. This is compromised because the government wants to meet its target of having enough personnel for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

But they are failing to understand that if training is compromised, they are putting the lives of their members at risk.

Jake Gededja, by e-mail

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