Here’s how the City spends the additional budget

2018-06-14 06:01

Just over R110m of additional budget has been allocated to the City of Cape Town’s Safety and Security Directorate via the approved City budget for 2018/19.

This additional budget will allow for the provision of critically needed equipment and additional staffing in the new financial year.

The directorate will spend R45m on the appointment of additional staff within the Metro Police and Traffic Services departments.

Thanks to partnerships like the rent-a-cop initiative, the various City Improvement Districts will provide funding in the amount of R4.1m for additional dedicated Law Enforcement staff.

The additional staffing budget will also provide for additional platoon commanders and firefighters to staff existing and new fire stations currently being built, fire safety staff to ensure the prevention of fires before they start, staff to bolster the ability of the enforcement services to serve summonses and execute warrants of arrest, resources for the Safety and Security Investigations Unit, staff to support and train neighbourhood watches and facility protection officers to safeguard libraries, clinics, halls, sports facilities and Early Childhood Development centres from vandalism and theft.

“The increase in staff numbers is part of our ongoing efforts to expand the City’s policing and emergency services resources to compensate for the underresourcing of the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Cape Town, where the deployment figures are well below the national average.

The need for more visible policing was further highlighted by the public inputs on the budget and the comments about the levels of crime, violence and lack of road safety,” says Mayco member for safety, security and social services, JP Smith.

During April, the City’s three enforcement agencies arrested 1159 suspects on a range of charges. They also confiscated 11 firearms and two imitation firearms.

“With the increased staff numbers, our statistics are bound to improve too and we call on the criminal justice system to help ensure successful convictions as this is really the only way that we will truly drive down our crime rate.”

The directorate also plans to make capital investments of R20m for the replacement of existing vehicles, R43.6m for additional vehicles and R5.35m for additional and replacement CCTV installations, of which R3.6m is ward allocation funding.

“The City of Cape Town has been under increasing pressure to fill policing gaps that, technically, are not our mandate. We have come to learn that communities plagued by crime care little about the colour of the uniform and the mandate, they simply want service delivery.

We are being supported by the provincial government in the roll-out of policing staff on the trains and stations, and school resource officers at numerous schools across the City to promote safety and uninterrupted learning,” says Smith.

Just over R110m of additional budget has been allocated to the City of Cape Town’s Safety and Security Directorate via the approved City budget for 2018/19.

This additional budget will allow for the provision of critically needed equipment and additional staffing in the new financial year.

The directorate will spend R45m on the appointment of additional staff within the Metro Police and Traffic Services
departments.

Thanks to partnerships like the rent-a-cop initiative, the various City Improvement Districts will provide funding in the amount of R4.1m for additional dedicated Law Enforcement staff.

The additional staffing budget will also provide for additional platoon commanders and firefighters to staff existing and new fire stations currently being built, fire safety staff to ensure the prevention of fires before they start, staff to bolster the ability of the enforcement services to serve summonses and execute warrants of arrest, resources for the Safety and Security Investigations Unit, staff to support and train neighbourhood watches and facility protection officers to safeguard libraries, clinics, halls, sports facilities and Early Childhood Development centres from vandalism and theft.

“The increase in staff numbers is part of our ongoing efforts to expand the City’s policing and emergency services resources to compensate for the underresourcing of the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Cape Town, where the deployment figures are well below the national average. The need for more visible policing was further highlighted by the public inputs on the budget and the comments about the levels of crime, violence and lack of road safety,” says Mayco member for safety, security and social services, JP Smith.

During April, the City’s three enforcement agencies arrested 1159 suspects on a range of charges. They also confiscated 11 firearms and two imitation firearms.

“With the increased staff numbers, our statistics are bound to improve too and we call on the criminal justice system to help ensure successful convictions as this is really the only way that we will truly drive down our crime rate.”

The directorate also plans to make capital investments of R20m for the replacement of existing vehicles, R43.6m for additional vehicles and R5.35m for additional and replacement CCTV installations, of which R3.6m is ward allocation funding.

“The City of Cape Town has been under increasing pressure to fill policing gaps that, technically, are not our mandate. We have come to learn that communities plagued by crime care little about the colour of the uniform and the mandate, they simply want service delivery.

“We are being supported by the provincial government in the roll-out of policing staff on the trains and stations, and school resource officers at numerous schools across the City to promote safety and uninterrupted learning,” says Smith.

Just over R110m of additional budget has been allocated to the City of Cape Town’s Safety and Security Directorate via the approved City budget for 2018/19.

This additional budget will allow for the provision of critically needed equipment and additional staffing in the new financial year.

The directorate will spend R45m on the appointment of additional staff within the Metro Police and Traffic Services
departments.

Thanks to partnerships like the rent-a-cop initiative, the various City Improvement Districts will provide funding in the amount of R4.1m for additional dedicated Law Enforcement staff.

The additional staffing budget will also provide for additional platoon commanders and firefighters to staff existing and new fire stations currently being built, fire safety staff to ensure the prevention of fires before they start, staff to bolster the ability of the enforcement services to serve summonses and execute warrants of arrest, resources for the Safety and Security Investigations Unit, staff to support and train neighbourhood watches and facility protection officers to safeguard libraries, clinics, halls, sports facilities and Early Childhood Development centres from vandalism and theft.

“The increase in staff numbers is part of our ongoing efforts to expand the City’s policing and emergency services resources to compensate for the underresourcing of the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Cape Town, where the deployment figures are well below the national average. The need for more visible policing was further highlighted by the public inputs on the budget and the comments about the levels of crime, violence and lack of road safety,” says Mayco member for safety, security and social services, JP Smith.

During April, the City’s three enforcement agencies arrested 1159 suspects on a range of charges. They also confiscated 11 firearms and two imitation firearms.

“With the increased staff numbers, our statistics are bound to improve too and we call on the criminal justice system to help ensure successful convictions as this is really the only way that we will truly drive down our crime rate.”

The directorate also plans to make capital investments of R20m for the replacement of existing vehicles, R43.6m for additional vehicles and R5.35m for additional and replacement CCTV installations, of which R3.6m is ward allocation funding.

“The City of Cape Town has been under increasing pressure to fill policing gaps that, technically, are not our mandate. We have come to learn that communities plagued by crime care little about the colour of the uniform and the mandate, they simply want service delivery.

“We are being supported by the provincial government in the roll-out of policing staff on the trains and stations, and school resource officers at numerous schools across the City to promote safety and uninterrupted learning,” says Smith.

Just over R110m of additional budget has been allocated to the City of Cape Town’s Safety and Security Directorate via the approved City budget for 2018/19.

This additional budget will allow for the provision of critically needed equipment and additional staffing in the new financial year.

The directorate will spend R45m on the appointment of additional staff within the Metro Police and Traffic Services
departments.

Thanks to partnerships like the rent-a-cop initiative, the various City Improvement Districts will provide funding in the amount of R4.1m for additional dedicated Law Enforcement staff.

The additional staffing budget will also provide for additional platoon commanders and firefighters to staff existing and new fire stations currently being built, fire safety staff to ensure the prevention of fires before they start, staff to bolster the ability of the enforcement services to serve summonses and execute warrants of arrest, resources for the Safety and Security Investigations Unit, staff to support and train neighbourhood watches and facility protection officers to safeguard libraries, clinics, halls, sports facilities and Early Childhood Development centres from vandalism and theft.

“The increase in staff numbers is part of our ongoing efforts to expand the City’s policing and emergency services resources to compensate for the underresourcing of the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Cape Town, where the deployment figures are well below the national average. The need for more visible policing was further highlighted by the public inputs on the budget and the comments about the levels of crime, violence and lack of road safety,” says Mayco member for safety, security and social services, JP Smith.

During April, the City’s three enforcement agencies arrested 1159 suspects on a range of charges. They also confiscated 11 firearms and two imitation firearms.

“With the increased staff numbers, our statistics are bound to improve too and we call on the criminal justice system to help ensure successful convictions as this is really the only way that we will truly drive down our crime rate.”

The directorate also plans to make capital investments of R20m for the replacement of existing vehicles, R43.6m for additional vehicles and R5.35m for additional and replacement CCTV installations, of which R3.6m is ward allocation funding.

“The City of Cape Town has been under increasing pressure to fill policing gaps that, technically, are not our mandate. We have come to learn that communities plagued by crime care little about the colour of the uniform and the mandate, they simply want service delivery.

“We are being supported by the provincial government in the roll-out of policing staff on the trains and stations, and school resource officers at numerous schools across the City to promote safety and uninterrupted learning,” says Smith.

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