Crime detection conference enters day two

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The South African Police Service’s (SAPS) first-ever National Crime Detection Conference enters day two.

The conference kicked off on Monday under the theme: “Repositioning Crime Detection for Excellence and Synergy in the SAPS Service Delivery Value Chain”.

The conference is being attended by police officials from the three Divisions residing under Crime Detection - Detective Services, Crime Intelligence and Forensic Services, from across the country.

The Deputy National Commissioner: Crime Detection, Lieutenant General Lebeoana Jacob Tsumane, officially opened the three-day conference, saying it will provide the opportunity for an in-depth analysis of the crime detection environment’s performance, and how to strategically drive performance to improve crime detection and successfully reduce crime in the country. 

“It will further create a critical platform for skills development and the sharing of best practices,” he added.

Tsumane stressed that the role played by crime detection in speedily bringing those responsible for the murder of police officials to book, will form part of discussions.                          

A panel of experts and key stakeholders presented papers on topical issues relevant to the crime detection environment including on cybercrime, technology advancement, money laundering, the investigation of pharmaceutical products and the role of the National Prosecuting Authority.

As part of the learning curve of the conference, a crime scene simulation was staged late in the evening, coordinated by forensic services.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the delegates, joined by the Provincial Commissioners from across the country, will deliberate on topics specific to the Crime Detection environment’s core functions. 

After deciding on the resolutions emanating from the conference, to be presented to the National Commissioner General Khehla Sitole, the conference will end on Wednesday evening with a special awards ceremony during which employees who have excelled in their areas of expertise will be recognised. –