Police involve Northern Areas youth in crime fighting strategies

2016-10-19 06:00

SENIOR members of the Provincial Police Management and the Community Police Forum (CPF) held a crime awareness programme in the Northern Areas of Port Elizabeth to involve the youth in their fight to reduce crime in the area.

The crime awareness programme focussed on the role young men and women in and out of school should play in the reduction of crime and the role drug abuse, illegal use of firearms and liquor abuse played in escalating crime among communities.

According to Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga, the foundation of crime reduction is entrenched around strong community police partnerships.

Speaking to PE Express during the Youth Dialogue Programme targeting 16 schools and about 400 participants in the Gelvandale andBethelsdorp area, which was held at Victory Ministries Church at Stanford Road in Gelvandale on Friday, provincial police spokesperson Gen. Marinda Mills said the programme was started with a visit to the family of the late Ferreline Fredericks who was shot and killed at the weekend by a stray bullet.

The visit gave Provincial Police Commissioner Lt Gen. Liziwe Ntshinga an opportunity to extend her condolences to the family of the deceased on behalf of her Department, said Gen. Mills.

This was followed by an operational display of the K9 Unit, as well as the SAPS Airwing, showing off the skills of the dogs and their handlers.

School children debated 10 topics on ways in which crime should be cut in our communities. These included topics on drugs, early childhood pregnancy and the school drop-out rate. School children were also shown job opportunities available in the police service, as well as bursary opportunities.

The involvement of the youth in the fight against crime was also commended by Nelson Mandela Bay executive mayor Athol Trollip who opened the event.

It was aimed at ensuring that youth were not overlooked, but were engaged in understanding and seeking solutions for the problems communities faced.

Gen. Mills, added that “if we want to make sure that crime is rooted out, we must ensure that we educate and mobilise the youth”.

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