05 June 2015
The South African Police
Service said its child protection and sexual offences investigations unit has
doubled its capacity to deal with crimes against children.
This as Child Protection Week
ends on Sunday. According to stats, crimes against children has decreased year
on year from 48,718 reported cases for the 2012/2013 fiscal year to 45,230.
The conviction rate has
increased to 75%.
Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said
the FCS unit, which was re-launched in 2010 after being absorbed into the
greater police service in 2006, has since doubled its resources and now has 176
units and close on 2,500 members nationwide.
Naidoo said in addition, the
FCS employs a network of highly skilled Forensic Social Workers to assist with
assessment of abused children and the compilation of court reports, as well as
for providing an expert testimony in court.
“And this fundamentally is to
assist investigators to secure convictions of perpetrators in court” Naidoo
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