Mayor appoints new JMPD police chief

JOBURG mayor Clr Herman Mashaba has announced the appointment of David Tembe as the new police chief for the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD). Tembe commenced his duties on January 2.

“I would like to express my deepest appreciation to JMPD’s leadership team for providing the necessary support during the past transition period,” said Clr Mashaba.

“I have every confidence in Mr Tembe’s abilities and look forward to working with him as we run a corruption-free city that respects the rule of law and stimulates economic growth for our people.”

Tembe’s public safety career began in 1981 as a paramedic with the Johannesburg Emergency Services (EMS). He became a superintended in 1989, and in 1999 was appointed acting director in charge of the EMS Academy.

Tembe was appointed director of operations in 2001, taking on the responsibility of leading the city’s 26 fire stations.

In 2002 he was appointed acting chief of the EMS. The urban search and rescue unit, established under his stewardship, represented South Africa during Algeria and Iran’s disasters.

After serving for close to 20 years with the EMS, Tembe was appointed director of operations for the JMPD in 2003. During his time with the JMPD, he was commended by the national Department of Transport for innovation and excellence in traffic law enforcement.

In 2011 he was appointed national chief of traffic at the Road Traffic Management Corporation, a position he held until he resigned to pursue a career as a law enforcement consultant in 2013.

Tembe holds a national diploma in personnel management, in metro policing, and an FBI Law Enforcement Executive Leadership qualification. He has attended seminars on law enforcement leadership in the USA since 2009.

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Lucky Thusi
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