EVERYONEâ€™S AN INSPECTOR: The crisis of rank inflation and the decline of visible policing
South Africa currently has five and a half times more police inspectors than constables. This has resulted in a classic demonstration of the adage â€˜too many chiefs and not enough Indiansâ€™ and has contributed to the collapse of field supervision in the South African Police Service. Recent moves to laterally transfer 7 000 senior military personnel will not help the situation, and present training plans, though ambitious, will not assist much. A radical rethink of the organisation is needed to optimise member strength on the streets.
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