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Letter on Draft Changes to Reservist National Instructions

Letter on Draft Changes to Reservist National Instructions

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This is the letter from Comissioner L.H. Lamoer on the Draft Changes to the National Instructions for the Reservists.
This is the letter from Comissioner L.H. Lamoer on the Draft Changes to the National Instructions for the Reservists.

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G.P.-S. 002-0222
SAPS 21
 
SUID-AFRIKAANSE POLISIEDIENS
SOUTH AFRICAN POLICESERVICE
 
Private Bag X241
/Privaatsak X241,PRETORIA, 0001
 
VerwysingReference 3/1/5/1/191Navrae Div Comm LamoerEnquiries Director Le RouxTelefoonTelephoneFaksnommerFax number 012 421 8473EposEmail
THE DIVISIONAL COMMISSIONERVISIBLE POLICING
 PRETORIA
28 August 2009
 
A.
ALL DIVISIONAL COMMISSIONERS
 B.
ALL PROVINCIAL COMMISSIONERS
 C. All Heads
HEAD OFFICE
 D. All Commanders
SAPS COLLEGES AND TRAINING CENTRES
 E. All Section Heads
HEAD OFFICE
 F.
ALL DEPUTY NATIONAL COMMISSIONERS
 G. The Chief of Staff
MINISTRY OF POLICE
 H. The Secretary
NATIONAL SECRETARIAT FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY
 
REVIEW OF THE RESERVIST SYSTEM
 
 
A-E 1. As you are well aware, this Division is in a process of reviewing the existingreservist system based on shortcomings that were identified during visits toprovinces and complaints that were received. These shortcomings werereiterated during the recent Reservist Summit that was hosted by the Office of the Minister for Police, where it was confirmed that the reservist environmentneeds to be clarified to address conflicting views and shortcomings in respectof the system.2. Consultation work sessions with divisions and representatives from provinciallevel have taken place to obtain input to inform the review of the reservistsystem. During these discussions it was clear that the need for a reservistsystem to strengthen the South African Police Service at operational level doesexists, especially in rural areas, but that existing factors impeding on theeffective implementation and management of the system must be addressed inthe review process.3. The review process has been concluded based on the following:3.1 International research and literature review3.2 Threat and Gap analysis3.3 Consultation with the divisions and provinces4. The first draft was finalized taking cognisance of the above-mentioned processthat was adopted. It needs to be mentioned that extremely diverse views andinput were received. This office attempted to balance the input in finalizing thefirst draft for further consultation and input from all role players before finalizingthe new proposed reservist dispensation for the South African Police Service.5. One of the areas where role players were not in agreement at all, was theallocation of ranks to reservists. Your critical comments in this regard andproposals will be highly appreciated.
 
 
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6. The most significant amendments to the former reservist system entail thefollowing:6.1
The system will be managed as a volunteer system
in the true spirit of volunteerism. In practice this means that the reservist system will bevoluntary without any payment for duties performed. (During the consultationwork sessions proposals were made to pay all reservists a fixed monthlystipend. In practice this entails that reservists could firstly be viewed asemployees and could further demand all benefits applicable to permanentmembers. Further to this, this option would not be cost effective, if one takesinto consideration that an additional budget of approximately R480 000000.00 would be required if 20 000 reservists were to be paid a monthlystipend of R 2000.00. It would be more cost effective to employ additionalpermanent personnel that would be available on a full time basis).6.2
There will only be one operational category
that will perform general policingduties at sector level to release permanent members to concentrate onpriority crimes.6.3
The selection and recruitment requirements for reservists are similar
to that of permanent members, with the exception that they do not require driverslicense because they will predominantly be utilized to increase visibilitythrough patrols in the sector where they reside.6.4
Only applicants that are employed will be considered
for recruitment asreservists. Community members that do not meet with this requirement will beencouraged to get involved in other community volunteer initiatives within theircommunities, such as the Community Police Forum, Neighborhood Watches,street patrollers, etc. This is essential to protect the integrity of the SouthAfrican Police Service.

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