Metro Police determined to combat crime, despite attack on new station

2017-07-19 06:02
< Executive Mayor Athol Trollip with Metro Police Chief Yolande Faro and MMC for Safety and Security John Best at the official opening of the Bethelsdorp satellite station last week.Photo: ZELDRÉ STRAUSS SWANEPOEL

< Executive Mayor Athol Trollip with Metro Police Chief Yolande Faro and MMC for Safety and Security John Best at the official opening of the Bethelsdorp satellite station last week.Photo: ZELDRÉ STRAUSS SWANEPOEL

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THE Nelson Mandela Bay Metro police said they are still adamant on focusing on their fight to combat crime in the Northern Areas.

The comment by the member of the mayoral committee (MMC) responsible for safety and security, John Best, comes after the first of its kind.

Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Police precinct, situated in Bethelsdorp, came under attack last Friday, less than two days after it was officially opened. It is alleged that an alert police officer inside the station spotted four gunmen wearing balaclavas outside the building and managed to draw his firearm before the armed men could enter the building.

Best said, “We are shocked about the incident but as the metro police we are very prepared to serve the community.

“I do know that the majority of the community is absolutely backing us.

“The incident definitely was aimed at trying to take our firearms and nothing else.”

He added that they are currently in talks of strengthening security measures.

The Metro Police chief Yolande Faro explained that the aim of the Metro Police satellite station was to clamp down on rampant crime, gangsterism, drugs, and to improve traffic and by-law enforcement in the Northern Areas.

“Fifty metro police officers have been deployed to work from the Bethelsdorp precinct,” Faro said.

“They will launch their own crime-fighting initiatives, enforce municipal by-laws, set up road blocks focusing on vehicle and driver fitness, and undertake joint crime-fighting operations with the SAPS and government entities, like Home Affairs,” Faro said. She added that the ambush attempt would not deter them from their endeavours to fight crime.

“We are more than determined to stop crime in the city and we can only grow stronger moving forward.

Another Metro Police satellite station will be opened in KwaNobuhle today.

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