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9 February 2013 No Comment

On 27 January 1995, the South African Police Service Act, 1995 was promulgated. On 27 January 2005 the SAPS celebrated its 10th Anniversary as a service to the South African Democracy and as of that year 27 January is celebrated as National Police Day.
National Police Days are also celebrated in countries across the world, such as Russia, the USA, Singapore, England, Wales and Australia, annually giving recognition to the services rendered by their respective policing agencies.
The National Police Day in South Africa has been declared to signify the date and anniversary of the establishment of the SAPS, to give recognition to the service rendered by our members and to honour those who have paid with their lives to protect and serve all people in South Africa.
The focus for this year celebrations is specifically on promoting partnerships with the community in fighting crime.
Ninety-two police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in the past year were remembered at a ceremony held in Pretoria on 27 January 2013.
Speaking at the South African Police Service (SAPS) National Commemoration Day, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said the lives of those who died while serving the country would not be forgotten.
“As law-abiding South Africans, we are saying we shall never forget their dedication and contribution to the just cause of human stability,” he said.
Minister Mthethwa said police officers frequently faced dangerous and vicious criminals, who would not hesitate to kill them or even law-abiding citizens.
“We want to highlight this reality to all South Africans so that as they criticise the police, they should do so having a clearer understanding of the environments within which police operate.
“We are saying appreciate our men and women in blue whilst they are still alive,” he said.
The Minister said he was confident that the war against police killings would be won.
“We shall persist in addressing the dangers that face our members on a daily basis and to find ways to protect them,” he said.

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