Strategic Plan 2004/2007 | Foreword by the Minister
Strategic Plan 2004-2007 Index
Foreword by the Minister for Safety and Security
In the type of work the South African Police Service do,
there is an unending imperative requiring a constant review of
how what has to be done is done. The imperative calls for a
constant self-searching to ensure we keep abreast of
developments and requirements.
If we do not do that the entire South African public is
exposed to the vagaries of criminals who want to be always
one-up on us in their endeavors.
Every time we do this we have to be aware constantly of the
constitutional imperatives doing our work in a manner that
ensures that basic human rights are safeguarded and adhered to
at all times.
Failing to do this may well defeat even the most ambitious
plans we may have in discharging our responsibilities.
As we plan we also need to tailor our suit according to our
cloth, i.e. achieve the goals we set ourselves within the
limiting parameters of budgets. This, above all, means we need
to be conscious at all times that our ambitions are subject to
At this stage this strategic plan covers a period of three
years, 2004 - 2007.
Government has decreed that this period falls within the
five-year-term of delivery from all government departments.
For us service delivery indicators encompass the following:
- The quantity, volume or level of outputs or services to be
- The quality at which the outputs are to be delivered;
- The terming required for delivery of the outputs; and
- The cost of supplying the outputs
In the end, however, our success will be measured on how
partnerships we develop with stakeholders- the communities we
work in and with evaluate our work.
Until we get co-operation between our men and women in blue
and the communities they serve, especially at station level,
figures we churn out to prove our success will come to naught.
We may come up with all sorts of strategies and perhaps do
very well with some of them, we can only realize our success
when recipients of those services see them as we do and only
being together as we get along can we expect to get that.
I am confident that the plans put forward can work but they
will do so if they are made to work.
Modern technology can give us the edge over criminals but it
has to be applied correctly in order to give us that advantage.
The strategy as set out in this document is pretty elaborate
and a good launch-pad for a successful service.
We are focusing on various types of crime, each as important
as the other and needing varied approaches and skills. How we
apply those will make our job easier but that has to be done
without cutting corners.
An important area often overlooked, is how we look after our
foot soldiers in terms of how those in positions of authority
treat the members who give of their best regardless of
conditions. A word of appreciation is worth more than its weight
MINISTER FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY
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