Cele takes top police officials to the streets

2011-03-19 09:47

At least 1 500 officials from the SA police head office took to the streets of Gauteng today, led by Commissioner General Bheki Cele.

Cele was leading his officials in conducting “operation squeeze”, a campaign aimed at “squeezing out crime” by tackling police priority areas, said Brigadier Sally de Beer.

The campaign, which kicked off yesterday night in the North West, will also address criminal activities such as illegal liquor sales , drug dealing, illegal possession of firearms and tracking wanted criminals.

Cele resumed the operations this morning in Benoni, Ekurhuleni, where 4 822 firearms seized or surrendered in the North West were destroyed.
He then led his team in joining police officers in various operations in Ekurhuleni and Soweto.

They later proceeded to Maponya Mall to greet consumers.

About 1 115 head office members have been deployed in Gauteng while 477 were in the North West.

Cele emphasised the need for police managers to interact with communities and have a hands-on approach in fighting crime.

“I am very impressed with the enthusiasm with which head officer personnel, some of them operational and many, including lawyers, forensic analysts and accountants, not normally operational, have tackled these extraordinary duties over a long weekend,” he said.

“The morale is high and I expect similar exercises to be repeated during the year, not only by national head office members, but by provincial police management in all provinces,” he said. 

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