JMPDNews24 reports that more than 1,000 Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officers have been sent back for training as they were unable to perform some of their duties, such as handling firearms or directing traffic.  

The group, which graduated from the City of Johannesburg training academy last year, has been sent back to re-polish their skills after having initially been trained for 18 months.  JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said the training was part of the internal training requirement to enhance the skills the recruits were lacking.  He indicated that it took more than the required 18 months of training for an officer to be fully trained and pointed out that all the officers were “not the same and don't have similar skills and talents."  Minnaar confirmed that some needed to be fully trained to become competent in handling firearms, driving skills as well as controlling traffic.

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