Public urged to grade cops
To boost morale among police in the Western Cape and root out the rotten apples, the province and the Institute for Security Studies have launched a Reward a Cop, Report a Cop campaign.
The public has been asked to call, SMS, e-mail and even tweet about their experiences with the men and women in blue.
"There are many excellent police officers who put their lives on the line to protect us. They are selfless individuals who go beyond the call of duty. We need the public to help point them out to us. We want to acknowledge these men and women and thank them for being examples of what competent, effective and professional police officers can achieve," said community safety MEC Dan Plato.
"But there are also those who might not be as deserving of their badge. We need you to help us identify them so that police misconduct can be investigated with a view to improve efficiency."
The campaign pamphlet gives instructions on how to report a cop. Among other things, people should "take note of police names, ranks, and vehicle registration numbers".
One could complain about "a slow response or no response. Rudeness or a lack of respect for you. Sloppiness in dress or appearance." -