Dutch and SA police team up

2017-01-25 06:03
Some of the members of the Dutch-South African Police development project. From the left are Maj.Gen. Johan Bean (John Taolo Gaetsewe cluster commander), Ton van der Smit (Holland), Maj.Gen. Jean Abrahams (Frances Baard cluster commander), Antoinette van der Smit (Holland), Laurence van Heerden (Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison), Brig. Deidre Desai (Northern Cape visible policing head) and Brig. Tip Brink (deputy cluster commander of the Frances Baard cluster). Photo: Supplied

Some of the members of the Dutch-South African Police development project. From the left are Maj.Gen. Johan Bean (John Taolo Gaetsewe cluster commander), Ton van der Smit (Holland), Maj.Gen. Jean Abrahams (Frances Baard cluster commander), Antoinette van der Smit (Holland), Laurence van Heerden (Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison), Brig. Deidre Desai (Northern Cape visible policing head) and Brig. Tip Brink (deputy cluster commander of the Frances Baard cluster). Photo: Supplied

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Members of the South African Police Service (SAPS), together with police members from Holland, rolled up their sleeves and got their hands dirty by painting, doing woodwork and applying other artisan skills to uplift, enhance and beautify the surroundings of the community of Ritchie with the aim of improving daily life.

This was part of the Dutch-South African police development project, which concluded on Sunday (22/01).

During the closing ceremony at Yonder Hall, Maj.Gen. Jean Abrahams, Frances Baard cluster commander, said the team really made a huge impact in the local communities over the past two weeks.

“The interactions with the local learners about teenage pregnancy, HIV, crime and other social ills in Kimberley and Modderrivier was character building for both the learners and all the police officials who participated in these sessions,” said Abrahams.

“Our continuous partnerships with the local community policing forums (CPFs) also strengthened our relations with the communities. It can just grow positively from here.

“We believe that the Eye for Others programme is achieving its goal to develop and uplift the Ritchie community, as well as surrounding towns.”

Col Mohale Ramatseba, acting head of corporate communications, said the team’s involvement in the Rainbow School project once again proved that they had one focus: to bring people from totally different backgrounds together to work in synergy towards one positive goal.

“Policing in general is all about us committing ourselves to creating a safe and secure environment for all people.

“The Dutch-South African Police development project was the catalyst and key in developing and strengthening our partnerships, not only between the police of Holland and the SAPS in the Northern Cape, but also with relevant government departments, NGOs and the community at large,” Ramatseba said.

“I am sure the Dutch police have learnt a lot about South African policing and the demographics thereof, and we have also learnt much from Holland. I believe that this was a successful exercise and I know that this will not be the end of our profound relationship.”

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