Crime intelligence in the SAPS progressing but there is a long way to go

Dianne Kohler Barnard, shadow minister of state security in the Democratic Alliance’s (DA), says she is starting to see results since Major General Peter Jacobs became head of national crime intelligence in the South African Police Service (SAPS). She was participating in a seminar on “How can we really reduce serious violent crime after the Covid-19 pandemic?” presented by the former head of Crime Information Analysis Center (CIAC) in the SAPS, Dr Chris de Kock. She pointed out that crime intelligence under Major General Jacobs has a long and difficult road ahead. It will take at least a decade to get crime intelligence on top of its game. This is because it is difficult to find people with the required training, expertise and experience to be employed in crime intelligence in the SAPS.

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