REMEMBRANCE: Thirty-seven cops have been killed since January.

A police officer is murdered every four days in South Africa.

And criminals are not bang to take on cops – 712 officers have already been attacked this year, 81 percent of them while on duty.

The Western Cape reported the most attacks on officers – 274 so far.

This is according to the latest SAPS statistics, which revealed that 37 cops have been killed between January 1 and this past Wednesday.

Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal reported the highest number of murders at 10 each.

In Cape Town, Mhlangabezi Mqulo and Luyanda Thafeni appeared in the Athlone Magistrates’ Court this week for the murder of Grassy Park cop, Constable Lindekile Sikade in April.

Hawks spokesman Lloyd Ramovha said an attack on a cop was an attack “against the state”.