Bright like a diamond: Mzansi unsure of JMPD’s new ‘body lights’

Bright like a diamond: Mzansi unsure of JMPD’s new ‘body lights’

The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department is trying something different: body lights. This is to ensure the police's presence is not missed in the city and have criminals thinking twice before getting up to no good.

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In an effort to make the police officers more efficient in Jo'burg, the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department decided to add a new feature to their uniforms - lights.

These flashing red and blue lights are meant to make criminals more aware of the police presence, as well as make the officers more visible to each other.

The small lights operate on batteries so load-shedding won't cause any issues with this.

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The lights sit on the officers' shoulders will mainly be used by officers working in the traffic department.

This follows after two officers were hit at night by a drunk driver in 2018, according to a report by The South African.

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Not everyone is convinced this is a smart idea, and when reported on it last year, it prompted an online roast.

Here's what some South Africans had to say about the flashy lights.

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