Shongweni K9s are dedicated to fighting crime

2017-07-25 06:00
Photo: Andrea SandersMembers of the Shongweni K9 unit with Warrant Officer C.E Buckthorp (centre).

Photo: Andrea SandersMembers of the Shongweni K9 unit with Warrant Officer C.E Buckthorp (centre).

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THE Shongweni K9 unit is continuing its sterling work in the community and has been cracking down on serious and violent crimes in the Upper Highway area and surrounds.

For June alone, the unit has made 60 positive arrests, ranging from house break-ins to armed robberies, narcotics, etc.

Warrant Officer C.E Buckthorp of the unit said that they service the Pinetown Cluster and assist throughout Durban.

“Our 11 officers and their K9s goes out daily to keep the area safe and crime free. We work very closely with the community and these positive arrests are part of the members’ dedication who often go beyond the call of duty.

“My members are committed to service delivery and we just want to reiterate to the community that we will continue to strive to decrease crime stats and keep our community safe,” he said.

Buckthrop thanked the community for the support and said that if it were not for the community members, the K9 unit would seize to exist.

“We have many dedicated volunteers and sponsors who assist with the day-to-day running of the K9 unit. We are grateful for their support.

“It is only with support from our community that we can beat the scourge of crime in the Upper Highway area.

“We appeal to members of the public who have any knowledge of illicit activity to come forward and work hand-in-hand with us at the K9 unit. All information will be treated with confidentiality.” he added.

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