More than 1000 qualified JMPD officers might not have received any firearm training says Simon Zwane, spokesman for the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC).
Consequently, the RTMC withheld approval for the new JMPD officers to be certified as competent traffic officers.
This comes after it emerged that the group apparently couldn’t drive, was terrified of the city’s traffic and couldn’t handle firearms.
Zwane says the officers involved are now being recalled for training.
“The RTMC, as the quality assurer of the training of traffic officers in the country, has intervened and pointed out shortcomings in the training,” says Zwane.
“In our evaluation, a number of shortcomings were found. The key issue was that there was no evidence that the officers attended firearms training.
“There were also shortcomings in training on the National Road Traffic Act and practical modules.
“Due to these identified shortcomings, the RTMC withheld approval to certify the officers as competent traffic officers,” says Zwane.
Metro police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar spoke to Jacaranda FM:
“Training will now be based on individual needs, which will include firearm training, K78 roadblocks, incident and accident management and how to manage breathalyser and speeding equipment,” says Minnaar.