Saturday, January 24, 2009

Police statistics office 2/3rds vacant

If you had a business that relied on a 100% vacancy rate to be fully productive, and a quarter of those posts were unfilled, how do you think your business would cope?

Well I guess it doesn’t make such a difference if there are only four of you in the business and if one leaves three of you pick up the workload for one. But then what if there should be 74 employees?

I imagine that losing a quarter of this would mean a loss in production. What about a 50% vacancy rate? That could be disastrous.
Well, unfortunately our SAPS Research and Statistics office has a two-thirds vacancy rate!

According to a reply to a DA parliamentary question, a total of 49 of the 74 budgeted posts within the SAPS Research and Statistics office remain unfilled.

Now please tell me how 25 people can take on a workload meant for 74?

These employees are essential in the fight against crime. They are responsible for gathering, analysing and disseminating crucial crime-related data. (which speaks volumes for the reliability of SAPS crime data!)

What is even more shocking is that of the 25 positions that are currently filled, 13 are non-research related assignments. This means that only 12 researchers and statisticians currently serve the entire South African Police Service with crime data.

DA spokesperson on safety and security Dianne Kohler Barnard said, “This is an abysmal state of affairs, which we believe reflects a real crisis of leadership within the police force.”

Apparently the DA also asked for information on the total number of documents the office has produced over the past five years. And unsurprisingly given their vacancy rate, the reply stated that the Research and Statistics office "[did] not have the human resources" to provide the information!

What a mess!

Kohler Barnard goes on further to add that according to a recent SAPS circular, one of the 49 vacancies in the Crime and Research office appears to be the Section Head of Crime Research.

“The individual in this post, in turn, would usually report to the Crime Information Management unit, where, according to the circular, two director-level vacancies were being advertised. The next person up the ladder would be the Divisional Commander of the Crime Intelligence Division of the SAPS. Except, again, the position is vacant. And at the top of the pile, of course, we have a suspended National Police Commissioner.”

So this is the state of our police force.

Any company with the same vacancy rates and administrative problems would be going under right now.

4 Opinion(s):

Tia Mysoa said...

Apparently they don’t even have enough staff to handle job applications for these posts. Strange --- when you send email to SAPS head office you immediately get a read receipt, but that’s it! Someone has obviously been taught how to click on incoming messages. I wonder how much pay that person gets per month for this routine task! Try to reach an intelligent person via phone --- forget it!

Anonymous said...

Well they don't really need the stats as it just shows how ineffective they are in any event. Something they wish to hide more than anything else.


This stats are compiled from thousands of reports and figures submitted from police stations.
As we know that most of the cops are at best semi literate the end result of this stats would still be flawed even if we had a full compliment of trained people in the department.

He of difficult days said...

the dog will do a better job... no jokes. Police dogs have been proven to be usefull... unlike AA cops