Lt Gen. Mzwandile Petross told newsmen in Pretoria on Wednesday that many of the arrests were attributed to tip-offs from members of the community.
“If there is one thing the people of this province are sick of, it’s corruption in the police.
“It’s good news that 600 police have been arrested because the communities are working-in-glove with the people you trust,’’ Petross said.
He said the South Africa Police Service (SAPS), was not shy to investigate and arrest those within its ranks who could not be trusted.
Petross said that there were also concerns about criminals operating in private security companies.
“I shudder to think how many who don’t take the police oath are involved in crime,’’ he said.
He said the majority of crimes committed by police officers related to fraud and corruption.