He said the police service was facing challenges and requires a “clean up”.
“The organisation is facing some difficulties‚ including leadership challenges. The Saps is a huge organisation and requires a strong collective leadership‚ which needs teamwork.
“One of my priorities is to build a united team that should work together in order to meet the expectations of the community and the client.”
Confidence in the police has dropped a “little bit”‚ Sitole said‚ adding that he will work on bringing that confidence back.
“One of my strategies is to secure [communities’] involvement‚ like maximising civil society participation in policing and crime prevention‚” he said.
Commenting on the tension between the police and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid)‚ Sitole said: “Both Ipid and police have collective responsibility to provide policing to the community. We are forced to work together”.