8 January 2013

South Africa: Employment of More Psychologists in Police Service Is Long Overdue

press release

The IFP is encouraged to learn that the National Police Commissioner, General Riah Phiyega, hopes to employ more psychologists in the police service, a move which the IFP believes is long overdue.

IFP Spokesperson on Police, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu, MP said "The Department of Police has long had to deal with incidents of police officers committing familicide. The counselling aspect of the police service has never been well-managed or resourced and these incidents seem to have escalated".

"As the IFP has stated previously, psychologists must be housed separately so as to allow for them to have their own section under the inspectorate. It would be wise for the National Police Commissioner to add more competent staff from the chain management section to bolster capacity in the psychology department. Officers arrested for committing violent crimes should face the full force of the law just like any other criminal" said Ndlovu.

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