Schools also targeted for safety

2016-09-27 06:00
Philippi police acting station commander Lieutenant Colonel Desmond Laing addresses a few pupils at Blomvlei Primary School during one of the police school searches.

Philippi police acting station commander Lieutenant Colonel Desmond Laing addresses a few pupils at Blomvlei Primary School during one of the police school searches.

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Philippi police are concentrating on awareness at schools and recently visited two schools in the area to highlight safety and security.

On Thursday 22 September, Philippi police spokesperson Captain Lance Goliath says, police interacted with learners and educators of Blomvlei Primary School and Mountview High School in order to address safety and crime at school as well as the “stone throwing” by learners outside school hours.

“Philippi police are regularly interacting with schools with regards to safety and crime. Interaction takes place by means of visits to schools. At each school there is a register for when police visit the school and the register must be signed by the visiting police officer,” Goliath says.

He adds consultations on safety issues and crime with principals and school safety officials take place during such visits.

“Alarm systems at schools are being monitored by security companies which in turn would make contact with the police if needed. One school has a local security company operating from the school and in so doing providing a service to the school,” he confirms.

He adds police “have regular pamphlet drives and school talks where interaction with learners takes place”.

“Schools have contact numbers of the police station management and vehicles. Regular patrols are conducted during peak times around the schools.

“Police officers at Philippi each adopted a school to have that extra support,” Goliath says.

Police also conduct school searches randomly as a preventative measure for learners not to bring any dangerous weapons, drugs or any unauthorized objects or illegal substances to school.

“Searches in the past revealed such (bad) behaviour by pupils and it was addressed by both police and the school management with positive results.”

Added to this, police also addressed “stone throwing” in Hanover Park as a challenge.

Goliath says they have received more than 100 complaints of stone throwing by children of Derwent Court, Oribi Court, Ontario Court, Como Court, Soetwater Court, Kariba Court, Ryburg Road, Athburg Walk, Surwood Road and at the back of Hanover Park Interchange.

“A total of 12 criminal cases which include malicious damage to property and assault is being investigated by the police.

“Police engaged with the community at the mentioned places and at Freedom Square to urge parents and residents to engage with children involved in the stone throwing to abstain from such activity as it can negatively influence their future and it could cause serious injury as well as death,” Goliath urges.

He says police have stepped up patrols in the affected areas.

Acting station commander Lieutenant Colonel Desmond Laing who has a hands-on approach condemns the stone throwing.

“Philippi police are fully committed to eradicating crime and the perpetrators thereof. Police and the community are taking hands in a joint venture to make Hanover Park a safer place,” Laing says.

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