COP presented to school role players

2015-08-27 06:00

SCHOOL principals, governing body members, pupils, councillors and other role players came out in their numbers last week when the Community on Patrol (COP) was presented to them by the Mountain Rise Police and members of the Combined Action Team (CAT).

About 43 schools were invited to attend the launch where they were informed about the COP programme and how it will be implemented in order to help address crime and drug addiction in their respective areas.

Teachers and councillors expressed concerns regarding the safety of the children in the Mountain Rise policing area. Some said that pupils are robbed when walking to and from school, others are involved in drugs which they find freely available to children, and children are also sold alcohol and cigarettes from some shops.

Pietermaritzburg cluster commander, Major General Lucas Ngobeni, said he is pleased with the COP initiative and was excited about building relationships between the community and the police.

“This is an opportunity for us to join hands. We can see this is going to go somewhere. You can be our ears and eyes,” he said.

COP programme founder, Nobin Karien, said he appeals to the principals, teachers and pupils to help them eradicate crime in the area.

“Without the parents on board there is no way we will win this battle, but the burden is not on parents alone, we need to get together as a community and we will do our best to get the children back in school and on the right track,” he said.

The call centre for COP is in the final stages and the hotline numbers will be circulated once the project is operational on 1 September

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