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New traffic cops in training

A total of 90 new traffic officer recruits recently started a 12-month traffic officer’s training course at Gene Louw Traffic College in Brackenfell.

Once completed, participants may be offered a position as a provincial traffic officer at one of the 13 Western Cape traffic centres.

The course consists of 31 unit standards covering subjects that include the implementation of the National Road Traffic Act and the Criminal Procedure Act, as well as guidelines for road traffic law enforcement.

“Participants will also undergo firearm competency training, first aid training, training in basic firefighting, and additional driving training where necessary,” says spokesperson for the provincial department of transport and public works, Jandré Bakker.

Participants will be receiving training accredited by the Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority and Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC).

“Those found competent during practical and theoretical assessments and successfully complete the course will graduate with a qualification in Road Traffic Law Enforcement,” says Bakker.

Bakker says trainees will work alongside experienced officials to sharpen their knowledge and know-how.

“They will also get the opportunity to apply their new skills in a high-pressure environment, for example, controlling traffic and systematically roadside inspection of vehicles, as well as applying the National Road Traffic Act. During the Covid-19 pandemic, traffic officers have also been helping enforce relevant provisions of the Disaster Management Act and its regulations.

“The department’s traffic service has had a number of major successes in recent years. In addition to regular traffic law enforcement, during roadside operations, traffic officers regularly confiscate illegal goods such as abalone, drugs, and illicit cigarettes,” says Bakker.

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