Have your say on what kind of police service you want in the future

South Africans can submit their ideas on strategies and plans aimed at improving policing through the government’s Green Paper on Policing.

The Green Paper on Policing sets out the broad policy for the SAP Service. It aims to provide a framework for building a professional, accountable, transparent and responsive police service. 

During a quarterly meeting between Police Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, and  MECs responsible for policing (MINMEC)  in Boksburg on Friday, 21 June, a call was made to ht eSouth African public to contribute and share their views and suggestions  on the kind of policing they aspire and expect in future. 

The meeting was  attended by Deputy Minister of Police, Makhotso Sotyu, National Commissioner of Police, General Riah Phiyega and MECs from Gauteng, Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, North West and Northern Cape.  MECs from Eastern Cape, Free State and Limpopo tendered apologies due to other commitments.

Mthethwa noted the policy must position the police service to adapt and respond to a constantly evolving crime landscape while remaining steadfast in its commitment to democratic policing. “This policy document  articulates the Ministry of Police’s vision for policing for the future. 

“This piece of legislation has far reaching safety implications,” Mthethwa said. 

The government is aware this policy will impact on future policing and therefore becomes even more imperative that the consultation process is broadened and inclusive. The MINMEC stressed the importance of everyone being informed so that feedback can be obtained from even the remotest rural areas.  A stakeholder matrix will be adopted by government to ensure broader reach.

MECs were also tasked to use existing community structures, constituencies and stakeholder forums to start public discussions. South Africans have until 7 July 2013 to make inputs. 

The Green Paper on Policing is available on various websites including www.gov.za and www.saps.gov.za.

A copy of the police document can be obtained from the Civilian Secretariat for Police by contacting them on 012 393 2519.

News courtesy of  SAnews.gov.za

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