Police Commissioners 'Lack Skills' to Manage Stations
BYLINE: BABALO NDENZE
ONLY about 10% of commissioners at police stations are adequately trained to head them, a study submitted to the safety and security portfolio committee has revealed.
All 1 128 station commissioners are required to complete training to improve their operational and managerial skills.
The committee was briefed by police management last week. They updated MPs on their progress regarding special internal training since the government announced an increase in the police budget by 34% last year until 2010.
The presentation, titled "Station Management Capacity and Training", outlined a number of challenges station commissioners are faced with. It said:
l Station commissioners find it difficult to attend the courses due to operational demands.
l Courses are being updated continuously and the training need grows.
l (The) need to balance operational demands and training creates backlogs.
l Workforce movement has an impact on the programme. …