Success for city’s patrol project

2015-08-11 09:22
Police take a picture of the drugs found in Allandale after the Community on Patrol bust on Friday.

Police take a picture of the drugs found in Allandale after the Community on Patrol bust on Friday. (Amil Umraw)

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THE Community On Patrol (COP) project had its first major success last week when two men were arrested for drug dealing near a Pietermaritzburg school.

The suspects, aged 21 and 35, were arrested in their premises on Khan Road, two kilometres from Allandale Primary School, for the sale and possession of drugs.

The COP project was launched recently to merge the crime-fighting expertise of the Combined Action Team (CAT) with the knowledge of community leaders and residents to “free and restore the proper learning environments” of the city’s schools.

The Witness recently reported that CAT promised community representatives at a Community Policing Forum (CPF) meeting in Mountain Rise that the team would create a safe two-kilometre radius around every school in the northern suburbs.

COP will be rolled out for two months, from September to the end of October, ahead of the matric exams to help ensure that there will be no sales of alcohol and drugs around the schools, by taking down drug dealers and illegal shebeens in the schools’ vicinity.

The team also promised to conduct random searches and drug tests of pupils on a weekly basis, raid shops where pupils loiter when they truant and root out gangsterism, bullying and theft in the schools.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese said the Mountain Rise crime prevention unit in conjunction with COP project kept watch on the house that the suspects were renting after their alleged drug dealing was reported by community members.

As a result of information received, police entered the premises and watched the men through the windows and open doors.

The men were found with a large quantity of drugs including Mandrax and cocaine to the value of R70 000.

The premises had CCTV cameras to observe the driveway and when the men saw the police entering the premises, one tried to flush the drugs down the toilets.

The drugs, packed in plastic bags, however, blocked the sewerage pipe and when police flushed the system, they recovered the drugs.

COP operations head Shameel Ally said they are steadfast on curbing the issue of drugs around schools in the northern suburbs.

“This is the first of many to come,” Ally said after the arrest

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