New officer gets a tour of the town

2015-05-05 06:00
Ward councillor Simon Liell-Cock shows Chad Cupido, the new law enforcement officer for Simon’s Town what issues he should tackle during a walkabout last week. 

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MONIQUE DUVAL

Ward councillor Simon Liell-Cock shows Chad Cupido, the new law enforcement officer for Simon’s Town what issues he should tackle during a walkabout last week. PHOTO: MONIQUE DUVAL

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There’s a new man in town and he is on the lookout for offenders.

Last week, the new law enforcement officer for Simon’s Town Chad Cupido took to the streets and got familiar with the area.

Ward councillor Simon Liell-Cock explains Cupido’s objective is to tackle bylaw infringements in the seaside town.

Among the top issues are vagrancy, taxis, parking violations and illegal trading. The new officer will cover Main Road.

People’s Post joined Liell-Cock and Cupido on a walkabout through Simon’s Town last week as Cupido met with business owners and residents.

The first stop was the Simon’s Town Amenities Development Company (Stadco) offices at Jubilee Square. Liell-Cock explained Stadco’s role in the management of parking and informal traders.

As the pair inspected the area near the public toilets which Liell-Cock explained is frequented by vagrants, they met a homeless woman who was seemingly inebriated.

The councillor politely asked what her name was but she lashed out at them.

“Are you the same law enforcement from Fish Hoek beach? I’m not scared of you,” she said as she tried to tie a belt around her head.

Liell-Cock asked her not to shout but she responded with a range of expletives.

The councillor walked away and said: “You see Chad, this is the type of thing that has a negative impact on Simon’s Town. They are drunk and behave this way and interfere with tourists and residents”.

Cupido was then introduced to various business owners who quickly pointed out parking violations, illegal trading and other issues.

Liell-Cock believes the presence of a law enforcement officer will go a long way to addressing the infringements in Simon’s Town. “Anyone seen infringing on bylaws will be dealt with accordingly. He cannot assist with moving violations when it comes to traffic but he can definitely start tackling the parking violations,” he adds.

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