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13 Mar 2018, South Africa: The Portfolio Committee on Police has called on SAPS station and unit commanders to take proactive steps if they see members experiencing wellness challenges.
Family members have a duty to report abnormal behaviour, the Committee said on Monday.
“SAPS members who experience stress due to operational duties and personal challenges should utilise the wellness programmes that are offered by the SAPS. Family members are also urged to report the abnormal behaviour to the supervisors of SAPS members,” Chairperson of the Committee on Police, Francois Beukman said.
Beukman added that the Portfolio Committee will raise the matter today with the National Commissioner of Police, General Khehla Sitole, to ensure that wellness protocols are adhered to and the necessary support is given for SAPS members who experience wellness challenges.