Bethelsdorp patrollers receive crime-fighting equipment

2017-06-28 06:02
From left are Karen Kemp (deputy chairperson of Bethelsdorp CPF and coordinator of the patrollers), Roy Kemp (West End Community Crime Watch) and Brigadier Zolani Xawuka (Station Commander, Bethelsdorp SAPS).                                Photo:SUPPLIED

From left are Karen Kemp (deputy chairperson of Bethelsdorp CPF and coordinator of the patrollers), Roy Kemp (West End Community Crime Watch) and Brigadier Zolani Xawuka (Station Commander, Bethelsdorp SAPS). Photo:SUPPLIED

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THE community of Bethelsdorp has committed to work with the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the fight against crime in the area and their partnership received a necessary boost when local businesses came on board to support the initiative financially.

This gesture followed after police were on the trail of a suspect during a tracing operation in Bethelsdorp.

A police officer and other members took notice of the good job the patrollers were doing in assisting the fight against crime by patrolling in the area, despite the fact that they lacked even the essential tools required for the job.

The lack of necessary resources hampered their work in many ways.

Some of their challenges include the poor lighting in the area, not being able to be identified as a patroller, and communication tools.

Therefore, the detective commander worked hand-in-hand with the Community Police Forum (CPF) at the station and identified the needs, including reflective jackets, torches, whistles, lanyards and caps.

There was an immediate and overwhelming response from various businesses who came to the assistance of the patrollers.

On June 22, the items were handed over to the Bethelsdorp patrollers to ensure that they are easily identifiable within their community by the SAPS and local residents.

Bethelsdorp SAPS expressed their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the sponsors who opened their hearts to support the initiative.

The SAPS also emphasised the importance of getting the community to work with the CPF and the police.

“Together we can ensure that community members feel safe at all times,” said Mount Road Cluster Commander Major General Funeka Siganga.

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