Needy locals uplifted as guards

2017-10-03 06:05
The new car guards with Law Enforcement and police officers, as well as representatives of the local community policing forum, councillors and local business owners.

The new car guards with Law Enforcement and police officers, as well as representatives of the local community policing forum, councillors and local business owners.

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The Fish Hoek Improvement District, in conjunction with local police, Law Enforcement and security providers, are taking community safety in the CBD of Fish Hoek to a new level.

Inspired by similar initiatives in surrounding communities such as Kalk Bay and Simon’s Town, Fish Hoek now has its own car guard programme.

Championed by the business improvement district and local councillors, branded red bibs were handed out to 12 police-vetted, unemployed people.

“These chosen street attendants will be receiving training on how to conduct themselves professionally in a street parking environment and are closely monitored by both Law Enforcement and police,” says ward councillor Aimee Kuhl.

“As a country, we are faced with challenging economic times; more and more fellow citizens are being pushed into poverty and crime.

“This initiative serves to give those who are in desperate need of upliftment a second chance. While they do not receive a salary and solely rely on donations for their services, the official recognition through this programme goes a long way in restoring their dignity in society. They will also play an important role in being a force multiplier for crime prevention in the area as they work closely with the law enforcing agencies in the valley.”

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