- Over 1 000 newly-graduated JMPD traffic cops have been sent back to school
- From not knowing how to drive to fears over standing in traffic, the newbies failed to impress
- The graduates will now need retraining despite graduating as early as last year
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South Africa's fight against crime sees officers of the law in high demand, but it seems joy over 1 000 new recruits has been short-lived.
IOL reports that the new Joburg traffic cops were sent back to school despite graduating just a few months ago after nearly two years of training.
After a short time on Mzansi's hectic streets, their shortcomings were hard to ignore, with JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar commenting:
“I can confirm that they are back at training at the moment to rectify some of the qualities they lack."
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Minnaar says that the assessors will determine the length of the training this time around, adding that:
“The academy will assess everyone individually. We have discovered that some trainees were trained to direct traffic, but when they are on the road the person might have a phobia. But, once the assessment is done, we will deal with it accordingly."
Briefly.co.za gathered that the officers were recruited in 2018, following which they went through an 18-month programme.
JacarandaFM reports that the Road Traffic Management Control determines the standards and assessments the trainees go through with the SAPS weighing in.
Ex-public safety MMC Michael Sun had been present at the parade in their honour and questioned the wisdom of recalling the recruits:
“This will put the competency of the training academy under the spotlight. I do not know of any shortcomings that were discovered at a later stage. I was not informed about those issues so I wouldn’t know where they came from, or what caused them. This is news to me. If we are saying all the trainees must return to the academy, then it doesn’t make sense to me."
In other news, the JMPD left Mzansi unimpressed after raining on a young entrepreneur's parade. The cops had swooped in after the vendor's hard-earned success went viral.
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