CPF big on policepartners for safety

2015-11-17 06:00
Abdul Kerbelker, Claremont CPF chairperson, says building a strong partnership with the police has made Claremont safer.  PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Abdul Kerbelker, Claremont CPF chairperson, says building a strong partnership with the police has made Claremont safer. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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The Claremont Community Police Forum (CPF) says it has done exceptionally well in having an open-door policy with the Claremont police.

At its annual general meeting at St Ignatius Church CPF chairperson Abdul Kerbelker said they managed to build a “strong and lasting” relationship with the police station commander, Colonel Enolium Joseph.

The meeting was attended by various crime-fighting committees and residents to hear what the CPF has been doing over the past year.

The CPF has also managed to do well by getting community members involved in the past year, Kerbelker said.

He said they were happy that they did well and have brought more people together to help improve the area.

“In the past we have looked to the government to come down and help us fight crime in our areas, but that didn’t happened. That gave birth to social activism and people had to come together to solve their own problems. We had to sort out the bottom, that is fighting crime, and as the CPF we have been involved in this with a sense of pride and a sense of community partnership in building a safer Claremont for all. This is what we strive for all the time,” he said.

“Claremont crime is specific and that requires a difference response and we have managed to achieve good responses when addressing crime. We have established open, clear communication with the police, which makes it relatively easy for us to fight crime,” he said.

Joseph said the work that the CPF did was amazing and that he was very grateful for their partnership.

“We as the police have realised we can’t police in isolation. Through working together they have managed to keep crime low in the area. Partnerships developed have led to solid work. We are committed to a safe environment for the community and we will continue to work together for the better of our area,” he said.

Wayne Aldridge, a principal inspector of the problem building unit of the City of Cape Town, encouraged property owners to take care of their buildings and familiarise themselves with the bylaws.

“People should know the difference between a problem building and a building with problems. We don’t demolish houses and in this area it’s even more difficult because of most houses being in a heritage site. If the building is giving you a problem, let me know. I hunt the owner down and I have fun,” he said at the meeting.

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