CPF chair plans outreach

2015-10-27 06:00
Newly elected chairperson of the Steenberg Neighbourhood Watch addresses residents at the special meeting held last week.

Newly elected chairperson of the Steenberg Neighbourhood Watch addresses residents at the special meeting held last week.

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“You cannot lead if you haven’t served.”

This is the message shared by the newly elected chairperson of the Steenberg Community Police Forum (CPF).

Lucinda Evans was elected last week during a special general meeting attended by residents, neighbourhood watch members, members of community organisations as well as the police and a councillor.

Evans also said the Steenberg CPF would embark on a 100-day engagement programme with the community of Steenberg to look at several aspects affected by crime.

“The CPF also wishes to work closely with the community through projects that will look at the protection of children, women and also job opportunities for unemployed men,” she said.

In an effort to get more information to residents the CPF would partner with stakeholders and ward councillors and look at the monitoring of projects so that there could be accountability and transparency.

The CPF also has a new Steenberg-CPF page on Facebook.

“The CPF executive members will undergo refresher training which will be facilitated through the department of community safety and will also support sector chairpersons with capacity building,” Evans said.

She had also called for a sector chairperson meeting at Steenberg police station where they looked at measures on how to support neighbourhood watches and court committees. There will be a joint meeting for all neighbourhood watches, court committees and street committees soon.

Evans expressed her wish at the meeting that the CPF would become accessible to the community. One of the plans was to have an outreach CPF programme. Evans also mentioned that the CPF would form partnerships with the ward councillors to look at an integrated approach to crime in their areas of operations and educate the greater community about bylaws and how to make use of City services, like law enforcement and metro police.

“One of the aspects the CPF will look at is the safety of public spaces and access to these public spaces for recreational purpose by the community working in partnership with the ward councillors,” Evans said at the meeting.
Evans, who is also a child rights activist, said CPF attention would be turned to bullying at schools.
“The drill cadets programme should be adopted by more schools, as this is one of the deterrent programmes.
“The priority for the CPF is meeting with the department of education to address the worrying aspect of many schoolchildren not in school and roaming around in their uniforms during the day,” she said.
The CPF would also address professional policing with police management and look at response times, service at the police station, the recruitment of counselling volunteers, the resources available to protect the residents of Steenberg and rebuilding relationships between the community and police.
“The community still hides and protects the criminals and makes policing challenging. Crime prevention is not centralised with the police exclusively, as the community plays a greater role in combating crime.”
Evans said parents needing support should contact the CPF, which would refer them to supportive NGOs and stakeholders, such as the department of social development.
To get in touch with Evans call 073 424 4665.

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