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SAPS to pilot Royal Reserve Policing concept in KZN

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The South African Police Service will be launching a Royal Reserve Policing concept in Kwazulu Natal on Thursday, to address “criminality in rural areas”.

Police Minister, Bheki Cele, will launch what is effectively a pilot concept together with King Goodwill Zwelithini in Kwa-Nongoma.

It would see the introduction of police reservists in traditionally-led communities,” the Police Ministry said.

“The concept spearheaded by the South African Police Services (SAPS) will be the first of its kind to be implemented in KZN and later be rolled out in other communities led by Traditional Leaders.”

The Police Ministry said this policing approach formed part of the Rural Safety Strategy and the Traditional Policing Strategy.

“Both these strategies seek to present a model for safety planning through an integration of resources both from stakeholders in rural Communities, SAPS, and community safety structures,” it said.

100 Royal Reservists have already undergone the prescribed training at a SAPS Academy and would immediately commence with their policing functions on a voluntary basis.