Johannesburg – A group of JMPD officers have been taken through an intensive training programme hosted by members of the Fujian Police College from China.
JMPD spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the training camp, which was held in Johannesburg, focused on teaching officers techniques in hand-to-hand combat.
He added that the officers could use the skills from the training for unarmed and defence measures when arresting suspects, as well as tactical principles on how to execute surprise moves on suspects when entering a house or a building to face armed suspects.
“They were also taught how to restrain aggressive armed suspects when approaching a stolen or hijacked vehicle,” Minnaar said.
The Fujian College states that it has over 5 000 undergraduate students and more than 7 000 in-service police officers trained every year.
The training was facilitated by the Chinese embassy at no cost to Johannesburg, the city’s public safety department said.
The 30 trainees, who completed a two-week course, were awarded a certificate in ‘Police Use of Force’ awarded by the China Ministry of Public Security, it said.