We need a meeting of minds on crime intelligence - top cop

Johannesburg – Police deputy provincial commissioner Major General Theko Pharasi made grand promises to the Gauteng crime intelligence network (GCIN) during its convention at the National Museum of Military History on Saturday.

He said police must form a stronger partnership with the GCIN which, meant they would move its services to premier David Makhura’s war room.

"We need to have a meeting of the minds. I want to have GCIN meet with the most prominent members of crime intelligence and have you become part of or war rooms to the highest levels of our office in Gauteng at the premier’s office. This partnership between police and the GCIN needs to be enhanced at the highest levels," he said.

This meant the GCIN would collaborate and share information and resources with different government spheres to fight crime across the province.

GCIN operates across Gauteng and with networks in the Northen Cape, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. The crime prevention organisation shares crime intelligence with police and policing forums.

Government launched the Ntirhisano service delivery war room in 2014 to integrate government spheres so as to transform service delivery in Gauteng.

During its official launch, Makhura said this was "one of the radical changes" made by the new administration as it mounted an offensive on poor service delivery.

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