A photo of a SAPS policewoman standing in a queue at Checkers has gone viral on social media for all the wrong reasons this week.
The policewoman, whose identity is not visible in the photo, is shown with her firearm dangerously positioned upside down in its holster.
A former policeman and reservist and a professional in the security sector called the police officer SAPS for her alleged negligence, saying the gun was dangerously positioned in the holster, which also made it easy for criminals to grab it. The two sources spoke of the condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.
“There are some issues with the safety aspect of transporting a firearm in a public space, which does not require an officer to carry a firearm under threat,” noted the professional. security industry.
“In the event that the firearm falls out of the holster, you will have an incident on your hands that will force the SAPS to answer questions if someone is shot, injured, maimed or killed as a result of this negligence. “
He lamented that the professional position of some members of the SAPS had “considerably diminished” and that Police Minister Bheki Cele should be made aware of the photograph.
“This is evident in many articles circulating on social networks. This is a blatant and distinct demonstration of the inability of current members of the police force to be security conscious and clearly understand how dangerous this scenario is … and any criminal that is in the market looking for a gun can just pull it off the gun without being challenged, ”he said.
“This officer is not paying attention. The fact that she carries a gun and is on her phone means in one sentence: “my gun is available if you can grab it, you can have it”. This needs to be tackled at the highest level and Bheki Cele needs to know this photograph, ”he said.
A former police officer added that the policewoman could lose her firearm by carrying it this way.
“The holster has a clip-on strap, which will open due to the weight of the gun. It is not planned to hang on like this. If she needed to draw her gun it would be a very difficult position to shoot, ”he said.
“She could easily have her gun taken away. The most reckless aspect of the ridiculous carrying style, besides losing your gun, would be the fact that if it fell out of the holster the gun could discharge, injure / kill her or passers-by. innocent, ”he said.
He said the policewoman appeared to be poorly trained, which was “something that is becoming more and more evident among members of the SAPS”.
Asked what action to take against the policewoman, SAPS spokesperson Col. Brenda Muridilu said: “No action can be taken regarding the photos above as there should be a plausible explanation of why. which the member carries a gun like that, she might not know her holster was defective.
SAPS policewoman with pistol upside down in holster
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