Community members, police fight crime

2015-10-13 06:00
Some of the volunteers on patrol in Town Centre during the community mobilisation drive.

Some of the volunteers on patrol in Town Centre during the community mobilisation drive.

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For the last few weeks locals have been serious about partnership policing.

Since Friday 18 September, officers attached to the Mitchell’s Plain police station accompanied by neighbourhood watch, street and block committee members and the local Community Police Forum (CPF) have been hard at work stomping out crime in various hotspots.

On Friday 25 September at 19:00 Sector Commander for Tafelsig West, Warrant Officer Raymond Solomon, and Sector Commander for Beacon Valley, Sergeant Elroy Johnson along with a contingency of about 30 neighbourhood watch volunteers participated in a Community Mobilisation Operation.

The group did active foot patrols and carried out stop and searches in town centre, Beacon Valley and Eastridge.

“The operation resulted in three arrests in the sectors. One for dagga, one for tik and an arrest for a parole violation,” says police spokesperson Lieutenant Ian Williams.

At the start of the mobilisations, on Friday 18 September between 20:00 and 00:00 120 volunteers consisting of neighbourhood watches, street committees, block committees, sub-forum and CPF members participated in community mobilization operations with police. The areas focused on were town centre and Eastridge.

Williams says the initiative is important in building trust with residents and volunteers.

“It talks to the police visibility and preventing an opportunity for criminals to commit crime, it also increases community trust and the feeling of safety. Our communities are feeling much safer when patrols are in place,” he says.

“These operations will ensure round the clock patrols covering the entire precinct with particular focus on hot spot crime areas,” adds Williams.

“The police cannot be everywhere and the criminals take advantage of this. When structures like neighbourhood watches, street committees and community members at large are involved they reduce that deficit,” says Williams.

“There are two causes influencing criminals to commit crime. These are the precipitating and predisposing factors – the opportunity to commit crime and the desire to commit crime,” he says.

These operations will be ongoing.


Residents who wish to get involved are urged to call their Sector commanders for more information or the Sector Coordinator Captain Harry Brickles on 021 370 1653 or 083 570 2307

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