Anti-vandal project nets first suspect

2017-02-23 06:00

The City of Cape Town has launched a project aimed at curbing vandalism and damage to public facilities.

From today, Facility Protection Officers are being deployed to 10 facilities in Nyanga and Gugulethu.

Even before the official launch, the project has yielded its first success.

They arrested a 26-year-old suspect from Gugulethu for trespassing and possession of a firearm, which later turned out to be fake.

Mayoral Committee Member for Safety, Security and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith said: “Budget constraints mean the City cannot provide security guards around the clock at all of our facilities. The Facilities Protection Project was launched to halt the tide of vandalism.

With this pilot project, the City has partnered with the communities of Nyanga and Gugulethu to deploy facility protection officers (FPOs) to 10 facilities in these two areas,”.

These facilities include sports complexes and community centres, but will be expanded in the future to all government facilities such as libraries and clinics.

The FPP entails employing 50 local neighbourhood watch members as facility access control officers as well as eight auxiliary law enforcement officers as part of the Expanded Public Works Programme. They are deployed after four weeks of training.

‘They patrol the 10 identified facilities to ensure a visible presence.

“The project aims not only to curb crime and vandalism, but to create employment and enable and empower residents to be accountable for their facilities,’ said Alderman Smith.

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