Date of publication: 2017-08-28 06:40
A set of rules and regulations which determine the limits of acceptable behaviour for a member of the police force. These rules are apparently clear cut, based as they are on the bible and various SAP Codes and Mottoes. 85
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Current Basic Training Provision in the SAP
Training in the SAP
The form of Basic Training
Accommodation and Facilities
Recruitment and Training Capacity
The "storybooks" of the police culture could also be changed if civilian staff take over some aspects of teaching, and if selection of training staff is more rigorous. In the new context, there is a dire need to change the stories or "texts" on which the informal SAP culture is based. Furthermore, regular input from, and contact with, the outside world, is vital if training is to contribute to the development of a politically appropriate and community-sensitive policing style.
The most obvious disparity in facilities exists between the Pretoria College and all the other Colleges. The disparity in provision is often explained as the result of history - that the Pretoria College is the oldest and largest College. While this is true, it does not explain why the more modern colleges were underprovided with social and educational facilities. The fact that it has traditionally been the "white" college explains more of the disparity than the fact that it is a hub of local (predominantly white) police social life and used for many official protocol events.
One of the major problems with the syllabus is that it is not conceived of or developed in a holistic fashion. Staff of each academic department write the training manuals in that particular subject, and there is little co-ordination. This lack of co-ordination is even more extreme between the academic and physical subjects - for example, between the musketry instructors who teach students how to use the firearm, and the law and ethics instructors who should be raising the issues of reasons for and consequences of using the weapon.
It appears that syllabus design and reform is influenced by two factors: political pressure, as reflected in the instructions of the General Staff, Ministry of Law and Order or Head Quarters and the experience of instructors and senior staff in the Colleges.
In order for the police officer to effectively and professionally complete his work, he needs to be well-informed, skilled and reflective (have the ability to assess and criticise his actions). It is unlikely that he will develop these attributes in a training environment which emphasizes rote-learning and the taking of orders above decision-making and interpersonal abilities. However, these features of education within the police force reflect the ethos of "Christian National Education" as it is practised in white education institutions at a range of levels throughout South Africa. 78 It may not be specific to police training, but it is a particular problem in relation the need for police trainees to be acquiring useful skills.
The legacy of racial segregation still determines the character and culture of the colleges, and the extent to which racial integration will succeed. This is compounded by the fact that racial integration is still seen in some official quarters as "voluntary" -
The need for flexibility and community sensitivity should never be allowed to justify the development of racist or ethnically-based policing practices in any one region.