“The SAPS has never dealt with a project of this magnitude, as it resulted in 10,000 police trainees undergoing training simultaneously, from April 1 to December 15 2022.
The capacity of the SAPS academies, where the Basic Police Development Learning Programme (BPDLP) can be presented to new police recruits, stands at 7,000.
“This resulted in a deficit of 3,000 trainees, out of the targeted 10,000 new police recruits, who could not be accommodated, if only the SAPS academies were utilised.
“The need arose for more facilities such as mess facilities, classrooms, sleeping accommodation and shooting ranges, to enable the SAPS to train 10,000 new police recruits. The SAPS, therefore, requested permission from the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) to use their facilities, which are now accommodating 3,000 new police recruits and trainers,” Masemola said.
A number of pre-visits were conducted by the SAPS and SANDF project teams before the start of training and after the arrival of the trainees.
“The trainers were called up to various training facilities on April 1 2022, which included the SANDF's 3 SA Infantry (SAI) base in Kimberley. On arrival of both trainers and trainees, the SAPS received multiple complaints from organised labour unions, media houses and concerned groups, which required the intervention of both the SAPS and SANDF management,” said Masemola.