338 arrested in policing cluster

2017-07-25 06:00

Police management in the Nyanga policing cluster have expressed their gratitude to the area’s officers for their diligence and passion in serving the community during operations last week.

“They are grateful to all our external partners in crime prevention, which include Metro police, Law Enforcement and Traffic Services. Community structures, such as the neighbourhood watches and street committees, have also ensured the safety of police officers within the various policing precincts,” says Manenberg police spokesperson Captain Ian Bennett.

He adds that these partnerships are critical to making inroads to stability to areas affected by gang violence.

“The new school term starts this week and officers will be patrolling the precincts in and around educational facilities to ensure the areas are kept safe and conducive for learning for every young person. We will continue to engage with our youth, instilling a sense of pride in them so that their choices in life could be positive,” says ­Bennett.

During the operations 338 people were arrested for various crimes, ranging from possession of drugs and illegal firearms to crimes against women and children. The Nyanga cluster precinct police officers were successful in combating criminal and gang activities, Bennett says.

The area was challenged with an increase in gang activity, but the precinct was stabilised by diligent and committed officers who had a zero-tolerance approach, targeting hotspots and identified high flyers.

Commanders were tasked with identifying early warning signs, acting on information received from community members and saturating problematic areas with additional officers.

This approach is aimed to clamp down on all criminal activity, including gangs.

Almost 100 identified drug houses were searched, resulting in 207 people being arrested. Police confiscated 31g heroin, 597 units of tik, 14 545 mandrax tablets, 62 units of cocaine and 5kg dagga.

Four illegal and unlicenced firearms were confiscated, and five people arrested for having them. More than a hundred shebeens were searched and 304F alcohol was confiscated. “Forty-seven crimes against women and children were reported and dealt with. Officers are sensitised to ensuring that the perpetrators are brought in so that complainants are not suffering secondary trauma. Forty-one arrests were made and the cases will receive attention to finalise matters,” says Bennett.

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