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​Today is the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD).

The Member of the Mayoral Committee for Public Safety in the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Mally Mokoena, said it was a momentous occasion that not only highlights the city’s significant feat in creating and maintaining a formidable police force but also heralds the start of a new decade that promises to see this police department soaring to much greater heights. 

“It was on this same date in 2001 that Chris Ngcobo was inaugurated as the first chief of the JMPD. The first group of JMPD officers included former traffic officers who had to undergo further training in Police Ethics, South African Law, Criminal procedure and arrest procedure, among other subjects, that were needed for them to be absorbed as Metropolitan Police Officers in terms of the South African Police Act. 1995. 

“JMPD has grown by leaps and bounds since then. Currently, there are approximately 4500 Metropolitan Police Officers in the city’s employ. Furthermore, the police department has reached several milestones in the past two decades, including the formation of key units such as the Integrated Intelligence Operations Centre (IIOC), the Freeway unit, the K9 unit, an Equestrian unit, the By-law Management unit; to enforce City By-laws and the Anti-Land Invasion unit.

“I am most proud of the extent of transformation in the JMPD throughout the years. In contrast to the approximately 40 female Metropolitan Officers that were in the system 20 years ago, the department currently has 1351 female officers,” said MMC Mokoena. 

She admitted that the department still has much ground to cover in improving this number, but expressed confidence that we will attain their goal. 

“Perhaps one of the Public Safety’s greatest achievements since the founding of the JMPD, particularly in my current term of office, is the appointment of the first female Acting Chief of the JMPD, Ms Angie Mokasi. Her appointment is a testament to our resolute resolve to bring about change, especially as it relates to the advancement of women in the Public Safety Department,” said MMC Mokoena. 

At the time of its inception, none would have imagined that the JMPD would become a permanent and important face of policing in the city. Throughout the two decades of its existence, the JMPD has pioneered and led in the law enforcement fraternity both in the City and countrywide. Undoubtedly, our police department has firmly established itself as an esteemed institution among both its peers and the citizens of the City. This is primarily due to its members’ unwavering commitment to their calling to serve and protect. 

“Today, I can proudly declare that the JMPD remains steadfast in defending this glorious city against lawlessness and criminality. On this important occasion, the Public Safety Department wishes to extend its earnest appreciation and gratitude to all the men and women in the JMPD, especially those who have been part of the police department since its establishment. Your sterling service and commitment to the city and its residents has not and will never go unnoticed. May you hoist the JMPD’s flag even higher as we start a new decade.

“I salute those we lost in the line of duty. We tip our hats to them in their honour. Their memories will forever live on, and in their name, may our JMPD officers continue to serve the city with pride and distinction. I also salute those we lost to the Covid-19 pandemic,” concluded MMC Mokoena.