PROMOTING SAFETY AND SECURITY: PE College holds fourth annual passing out parade for SIS students

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

On the 20th of August, the Port Elizabeth College held its annual 2014 passing out parade for its Level 4 Safety in Society (SIS) students at its campus in Port Elizabeth.

“The SIS program has been initiated and designed by Doctor Chris Botha, former high ranking police officer in co-operation with Major General GJ Kruser and Colonel Sol Botha, from the National Training Division (HRD) of the South African Police Services,” explained Paulus Antonio, SIS at the college.

“PE College is one of fifty public Further Educational Training (FET) institutions nationwide entrusted with the vocational and supplemental training which is on par with the standards and norms of police colleges nationwide.”

He said the SIS programme capacitates students with competencies required by the South African Police Services (SAPS) and other policing agencies which includes the option to join the security industry after the completion of this three year in-depth course.

“Our core mission is to prepare prospective quality students or new recruits for the South African Police academies in education at FET Colleges to qualify and apply to the South African Police Services and other law-enforcement agencies inter alia like the South African Defense Force, South African Navy, South African Air Force, Correctional Services, Traffic Department and the Fire Department.

“These students are trained in all facets of law-enforcement which include the upholding and practical application of our democratic Constitutional values, introduction to policing practice, introduction to law, introduction to governance, principles of the criminal justice, drilling and physical exercises and, other learning offerings which would make candidates sterling products for future recruitment in to the ranks of the South African Police Services and, other law-enforcement agencies,” Antonio elaborated.

He said this was the fourth group to exit from the programme since its inception at the college back in 2008.

“In total 341 students from various backgrounds – and communities affected by gangster activities, poverty, family violence, single parenting and all forms of violence and drug abuse, have turned their lives around into subservience for law and order,” Antonio said.

Dignitaries at the parade included Brigadier Botha of the South African Police Section Head Career Development; Moses Dlamini of The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID); Khaya Matiso, Acting Principal, PE College; and the Honourable Christian Martin, Member of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature.

Entertainment included demonstrations meant to create safety awareness such as a drill parade, dog unit and mounted horse displays.