New police recruits for the Free State

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The Police in the Free State yesterday, 17 December 2019, welcomed 218 new police officers from college aged between 18 and 30.

These officers were introduced at the DR Rantai Molema Stadium in Bloemfontein. The Free State MEC for Police, Sam Mashinini, and the Free State’s acting Police Commissioner, Solly Lesia, were among the dignitaries present to welcome them.  In that 218, 152 are males and 63 are females.

During the day the recruits performed marching orders, responsive tactics, and were presented with badges. They are to be officially deployed to 111 police stations across the Free State. 6 will be deployed to Bethlehem, 8 to Fixburg, 8 to Kroonstad, 30 to Mangaung, 34 to Parkweg, 40 to Sellosecha, 25 to Fouriesburg barracks, 17 to Buithuso, 20 to Thabong, 17 to Welkom and 13 to Sasolburg.

Mashinini says the presence of the new officers will be an advantage in getting rid of crimes like murder, burglary and stock theft among others plaguing the province.

He further adds that the officers spent fourteen months receiving the best training. They are physically fit and some of them are trained to specialize in investigations. These police officers “need to now go and work on the ground because they belong there”, he said.

OFM News/Marvin Ntsane