Cops are human too

2015-09-22 06:00
Members of the community are shown some of the activities done by the Cape province dog club.

Tiyese Jeranji

Members of the community are shown some of the activities done by the Cape province dog club. PHOTO: Tiyese Jeranji

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Pinelands police organised a community fun day to reach out to the community of Pinelands and Thornton to let them know that they are human too so they should feel free to approach them anytime should there be anything worrisome in the neighbourhood.

The community fun day was held at the Julianaveld in Pinelands on Saturday. Police invited various stake holders to introduce them to the community so that they form a strong and lasting working relationship. Part of the fun day activities were the Metro Police, Fire-fighter, Pinelands Neighbourhood Watch, Pineland Safety Camera Project, Missing Children SA amongst others. This day was also held to let the members of the community know what services were available to them.

The day was full of fun with various activities like face painting, drummers and a demonstration by the Cape Province dog club who showed their different activities. Community members were urged to be hands-on in fighting crime in their area as well by joining various crime fighting stakeholders in the area.

Lieutenant Colonel Helena Mouton, Pinelands Station Commander, said the day was a very important one as they can come out and be seen by the community so that it will be easy for people to go to the police station.

“We really value days like this because we tell and show people that we are human too. They shouldn’t just see us at the charge office. The community will see their police officers so that when they knock at their doors to attend to anything it will be people that they know making the job easy for everyone. This is also about getting to know one another so that it can be easy to fight crime. We are also human, so should there be anything that is a problem in the community, they must let us know – we are always there to help,” she said.

Mouton added that they also used the day to encourage the community to be part of the neighbourhood watch. “We want more people to join the neighbourhood watch. We are happy that there is a good relationship with the community and we want to maintain that. We want people to know each other so that it will be easy to notice people that are not from the area who are there to commit crime. Last year after the event a lot of people joined the neighbourhood watch. We hope that it will be the case as well this year so that we work together in fighting crime. People must use the services available to them. That is why we brought a lot of them here so that they know what’s available for them,” she said.

Peter Anthony, a resident, said it was so much fun to witness all the various activities. “We are made aware of the services that we should make use of. Also getting to know what the dog unit does, was very educational and fun as well. We really appreciate days like this and we wish we could have them more so that we get to know each other and learn what we can do to make our communities better and safer,” he said

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