Killing of police a worrying trend – Phiyega
The killing of police officers is becoming a worrying trend, national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega said in Pretoria today.
“This scourge not only deprives us of members… but families lose breadwinners too,” she said.
Most officers were killed in the line of duty.
Phiyega was speaking at the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union’s (Popcru) executive meeting.
“Police officers are people too… they are humans made of flesh and blood.”
The scourge required extraordinary interventions together with communities, NGOs and the business sector.
“This worrying trend also creates an enormous skills gap within the police service whose duty is to keep the country safe and secure,” she said.
Police deaths were an undesirable distraction from building the country.
Phiyega also appealed to members of Popcru to help fight corruption and criminality in the police service.
“I call upon all of us to declare war on corruption and criminality within the SAPS. We need to jointly adopt a zero tolerance towards any member found to have been involved in such,” she said.
She said corruption had raised concerns and negative publicity for the police.
“Corruption and criminality within our ranks has raised public concerns. The negative publicity impacts on the image of the country.”
Any police officer found guilty of corruption should be dismissed, she said.