CAT is back

2015-10-07 06:00

PIETERMARITZBURG’S Combined Action Team (CAT) was reinstated last week following an outcry from the community and other interested parties over the closure that was announced.

In the article that ran in last week’s Maritzburg Fever stated that a surprise decision was made by local police to disband the initiative after eight months of success. This led to the community forming an online petition appealing to authorities for it to be reinstated which was supported by the local community police forum.

KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni intervened and said the project should continue to address the high rate of crime in police precincts within the Umgungundlovu district. CAT will be managed from the Office of the Provincial Commissioner under the command of the visible policing component at provincial head office as Ngobeni felt it has been highly­ successful in combating crime in Pietermaritzburg and should continue operate.

“Partnerships such as this are crucial to curtailing criminal activities in any community and it is important that we as police participate in any endeavours that are targeted at reducing crime. The CAT team will continue to maintain the partnerships that exist between police and the community. It is through endeavours such as these that we have been able to continue reducing crime across the province,” she said.

The community had planned to join together in protest asking for the decision of the closure of CAT to be overturned however, on the day of the planned protest, authorities and community leaders met and it was decided that community partnerships were valued and policed heeded to the call from the community for the project to continue.

CAT has successfully made various arrests, caught numerous criminal syndicates and recovered items including bicycles, drugs and stolen property.

The community got behind the team from inception and have worked hard to come together and help authorities take down criminals, decreasing crime in the city. CAT is made up of police members and local security companies

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