South African Police Service enlistment requirements currently state that applicants must be young, energetic, and intelligent and fit, which many of our police officers are not.
There will be no more bellies hanging over pants, no wider waists and no more police officers gasping from exertion. This is the message being handed down from SAPS management.
Spokesperson for the SAPS Colonel Athlenda Mathe has announced that the service has developed a new policy aimed at giving all employees an equal opportunity to exercise.
She added that all SAPS members have been enrolled in a six-week healthy lifestyle programme to help them with their weight management.
Head offices and provincial departments have also had gyms installed and even strategic management will be getting fit at workout sessions.
Joburg Metro Police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar added to this sentiment, stating that there is an employee assistance programme that has been designed to help officers’ live healthier lives and added that they were also encouraged to take part in different sporting codes.
There are many that will welcome this move as the weight issue in the police service has been a focal point for quite a while.
In another article called Policeman with pending criminal charges stands to become divisional commissioner of crime detection, Briefly.co.za reported that Major General Ntebo "Jan" Mabula, the current North West SAPS deputy crime detection head, was reportedly interviewed for the post of divisional commissioner of crime detection, and received a recommendation from a senior police official.
Mabula and his team from the North West have previously been investigated by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) for allegedly torturing a man who was in custody, which has resulted in pending criminal and disciplinary cases against him.
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