SA invest in skills

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The South African Police Service has invested in air support, training and equipment ahead of the 2012 FIFA World Cup.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has received the first two of six new helicopters to boost air–support capabilities ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Each of the Robinson R44 Raven II Helicopters, which will be used for crime prevention and specialised operations across South Africa (SA) after the conclusion of the World Cup, is fitted with law–enforcement technology to provide the SAPS with better situational awareness of crowds and venues. The SAPS has also benefitted from a skills transfer between South Africa and the French National Police, which included technology and training to improve crowd management capabilities. A South African delegation visited France in May this year to learn methods employed by the French during the 1998 FIFA World Cup and the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Since September, French police and military police have been training 120 SAPS officers to better manage public order and event security. The SAPS has also launched an anti–riot water–cannon truck to manage crowds during the 2010 World Cup, and has acquired body armour to replace the use of shields, improving protection and manoeuvrability.

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