It’s a numbers game for CPF

2015-07-28 13:58
Current volunteers on a recent operation in Portlands in conjunction with local police. 


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SAmantha Lee

Current volunteers on a recent operation in Portlands in conjunction with local police. PHOTO: SAmantha Lee

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It seems like a drop in the ocean, but is a number still out of reach, for the moment.

The Mitchell’s Plain Community Police Forum (CPF) is determined to reach its goal before October: 7000 active volunteers in the precinct.

CPF secretary Lynn Phillips says the project is not new. “The project emanated from the take your street, own your street and fight crime project introduced to the area in 2004 by the then cluster commander Major-General Jeremy Veary,” she explains.

The CPF helped in the start of the first street committee in 2006 and then “vigorously recruited all organisations to participate in the ownership of their streets by 2007”. Abie Isaacs, CPF chairperson, says work in the precinct came to a halt when the CPF was requested to help develop community partnerships in other areas.

After their re-election, Isaacs says they are ready to get back on track.

Although the 7000 they are aiming for seems to be few, they believe it will be encouraging to others. These volunteers include those from all structures, such as subforums, block committees, street committees, neighbourhood watches and CPF members. Isaacs explains that volunteering does not only mean patrolling.

The number 7000 was initiated at an event held to honour volunteers, says Isaacs.

“We were initially aiming for 5000 active volunteers, but then one of our volunteers pledged that we would get 7000,” he says.

Isaacs would not disclose the current number of volunteers, but admits they already have thousands.

Isaacs says various drives are already in place. They plan to come out in their numbers in a march and mass conference by October.

He urges residents to join the current structures in the fight against crime.

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To join a structure or for more information call Isaacs on 082 314 6772

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