Two cops on the coast

2017-09-19 06:01
Officers Troy Hadden and Lucinda Petersen with ward councillor Aimee Kuhl.

Officers Troy Hadden and Lucinda Petersen with ward councillor Aimee Kuhl.

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Two newly appointed rent-a-cops are on patrol in Muizenberg and Kalk Bay.

Ward councillor Aimee Kuhl used a portion of this year’s ward 64 allocation budget to hire the Law Enforcement officers to help with safety-related issues along the coastline of the ward.

The officers have the same authority as a full-time Law Enforcement officer and are the first rent-a-cops in the city to report to a specialised unit – they are allocated to the marine unit and will specifically patrol the catwalk and Main Road between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay stations.

“Recent violent attacks on the catwalk and the lack of police resources to effectively prevent and deal with these incidents were the motivation to prioritise this area,” says Kuhl.

“While adding two members will not solve all crime-related issues along the coast, having a dedicated team in uniform, patrolling, will assist with increasing visibility.”

The officers will be working with local improvement districts, neighbourhood watches and in joint operations throughout the ward when needed, says Kuhl.

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