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High Command reacts to INDECOM on police fatal shootings

Published:Wednesday | March 8, 2017 | 3:54 PM

The Police High Command has reacted to statistics released last week by Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) showing an increase in police-involved fatal shootings.

According to the police the increase in fatal shooting by members of the constabulary force is the result of increased attacks on cops by criminals.

The high command says it regrets the loss of lives and would rather criminals surrender peacefully and face their day in court.

However, it says cops have a legal and moral responsibility in the use of force and in protecting themselves when confronted with deadly situations.

According to INDECOM there was a 55 per cent increase in police fatal shooting in the first two months of the year.

INDECOM disclosed that over the period, a total of 31 people were shot dead by the police saying that this is worrying sign.

But, the police high command argues that there is a concerted and calculated stream of gun attacks against its members.

According to the high command, an assessment of the data shows a direct correlation between an increased number of violent gun attacks against the security forces, increased gun murders and shooting of civilians and an increase in police use of deadly force when compared with the same period in 2016.

It says a total of 45 gun assaults against cops were recorded for the first two months of 2017.

The High Command says of the 31 police-involved shootings, 23 resulted from shootings at the police while eight were as a result of assault at common law against cops.

The police have called for INDECOM, advocate groups, families and community members to support their appeal to armed criminal suspects to surrender peacefully and desist from attacking security personnel.