'Massive loss of forensic psychologists leaves us back at square one'

Concern has been raised over the mass exodus of investigative forensic psychologists hired to deal with violent crime in the country.

According to the Sunday Times, highly qualified and skilled officers are vacating their positions due to poor pay and high workloads.

Bongani Bingwa spoke to Dr Gerard Labuschagne, Director of L&S Threat Management; & Former Section Head of SAPS’ specialized Investigative Psychology Section, to find out more.

About two weeks ago the very last psychologist who provides the forensic input on cases did resign.

Dr Gerard Labuschagne, Director of L&S Threat Management

My biggest concern is we can hire 20 psychologists tomorrow but what you do in this unit you don't learn in university, to who is going to train and mentor these people?,

Dr Gerard Labuschagne, Director of L&S Threat Management

So that massive loss of institutional knowledge, you are literally starting from square one which means people are going to make the same mistakes that we made when we started the unit 20 or more years ago.

Dr Gerard Labuschagne, Director of L&S Threat Management

I don't think there is a shortage of people interested but when you advertise the salaries, SAPS psychologists all across the board are the worst paid. So when we advertise a post now we get one or two applicants, people look at the salary and say why would you earn less than an intern psychologist?

Dr Gerard Labuschagne, Director of L&S Threat Management

Click on the link below to hear more from Labuschagne....


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