New regional police commissioner positions will help fix problems, says expert

Senior Researcher at the Institute for Security Studies, Johan Burger, says he supports the decision to restructure the police service, which includes the new intervention management unit.

Acting national police commissioner, Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane, has signed off and gazetted changes in the ranks of the South African Police Service (SAPS).

Only two ranks have been removed. Lieutenant and captain now combine into captain, and major and lieutenant colonel combine into the rank of lieutenant-colonel.

This means that some of the officers will have different titles from Wednesday.

Burger praises a newly established regional commissioner role, saying it will help police develop structural mechanisms to help them fix problems.

The police have been very good, over the last number of years with identifying problems in the police service at every level, but have been very weak at fixing those problems. And the whole idea with the management intervention is precisely that- not to only identify those problems, but fix them as well.

Johan Burger, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Security Studies

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