Cape Town - People have begun to lose respect for the police, leaving officers vulnerable to attack, Community Safety Minister Dan Plato has said.
Plato plans to put his finger on the pulse of public sentiment towards the police through a four-month series of meetings with people across the Western Cape.
He announced the Policing Needs and Priorities community consultation project during a press conference on Sunday.
“I get a sense that respect for the police, for their authority, for that blue uniform, is becoming a problem in the Western Cape,” he said. “Without respect for the police, officers become easy targets to attack. We need to get back that respect for the SAPS.”
The project would give Plato’s ministry an alternative source of information about residents’ policing needs, since the release of national crime statistics once a year was inadequate.