Friday, April 25, 2008

Metro Police Task Team to bring order within their officers

By Rhodé Marshall
25 April 2008

After action has been taken by the Metro Police Task Team to improve service delivery and order within the Metro Police, all 694 officers recommitted themselves to their code of conduct.

As of 1 May 2008 Metro Police officers are obliged to wear name badges when on duty, they will undergo a physical training programme and retraining in their various departments will be ongoing.

City of Cape Town Manager, Achmat Ebrahim says while training will be taking place, at the same time internal investigations and disciplinary hearings where officers are charged with breaching the code of conduct or other rules will be speeded up.

“The signing of the one page pledge is compulsory and copies have been provided to each one of the 694 officers. The Metro Police force is currently focussing on getting the basics right in terms of discipline and proper financial and governance performance,” says Ebrahim.

Ebrahim who also heads up the team says that there are no quick fixes to dealing with the unpopular Metro Police but he wishes to appeal to Capetonians to bear with the task team while they are addressing ‘deep rooted problems'.

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