24 March 2006
South Africa will exceed its target of increasing the number of police officers to 152 000 by April 2006.
Safety and Security spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi told BuaNews on Thursday that his department managed to increase the number of police personnel to 152 236 ahead of the set target, as outlined in the department’s programme of action.
Arrests, investigations up
As a result, Mulaudzi said the rate of case investigations and arrests had also increased.
“The more police we get, the more we enhance the operational side of our work, which precisely intensifies our fight against crime,” he said.
In August 2005 the total staff establishment in the South African Police Service (SAPS) was 148 113.
Numbers to increase
The programme of action states that a total of 11 000 new police recruits would be trained and be on the streets for the 2005/2006 financial year.
Mulaudzi said the current number of police officers was expected to rise further to 156 000 by the end of this year and to 158 000 by 2007.
By end of March 2008, SAPS anticipates having 165 850 police officers.
“Current indications are that we will be able to meet these deadlines,” Mulaudzi said.