230 officers for ‘safest city centre’

2015-11-17 06:00
Over the last 15 years, the CCID has grown so that it now employs 230 public safety officers and is watching over the city centre 24 hours.  PHOTO: Cape Town Central City Improvement District

Over the last 15 years, the CCID has grown so that it now employs 230 public safety officers and is watching over the city centre 24 hours. PHOTO: Cape Town Central City Improvement District

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As the Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID) celebrates 15 years, its growing security department has led to claims that Cape Town has the safest city centre in the country.

At the CCID’s recent annual general meeting, chief operating officer Tasso Evangelinos said the larger department was a good indication of just how far the city centre had come in the last 15 years.

“When we started in 2000, we deployed with 100 community police officers. By 2002, we added another 60 members to our security complement and began to call them our public safety officers,” he said.

The organisation now has 230 public safety officers – 70 of which are on duty at all times – as well as eight law enforcement officers.

In 2010 the CCID became a 24-hour operation and this service has grown to see the appointment of a second night manager this year, to help with the operational demands of a growing night-time economy.

“Within a year of the City taking over the Cyclops CCTV network in 2001, the CCID became its number one respondent in the city centre. And since 2013, we’ve been able to boast an average response time of five minutes,” he says.

“An increase in investments in technology and research over the years have also enabled us to implement tools such as our high-tech mapping system installed in our CCID control centre.”

This year alone, the CCID conducted 118 714 crime prevention initiatives, made 1 798 arrests together with the CCID’s law enforcement partners and issued 38 979 warnings.

Officers also issued 16 066 fines amounting to over R6m.

Together with stakeholders, the CCID has “created a work of art”, Evangelinos said. “What we believe we’ve done over the past 15 years – together with our partners and our stakeholders – is we’ve brought back the colour to the city centre.”

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