Locals tackle station

2015-11-10 06:00
Claremont Police Station has members of the commununity helping to make its surounding good for the men and women in blue PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Claremont Police Station has members of the commununity helping to make its surounding good for the men and women in blue PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Claremont Police Forum and the Friends of the Parks are turning the tables – instead of complaining that police are not doing their work, they are ensuring that police officers can work in a clean and friendly environment.

After noticing the police’s needs they are asking the public to help them with chairs, tables and plants to make the police station a better place.

Gail Brown, treasurer of the Friends, says they want to improve the police’s workplace.

“We are planning to have a place for them to sit and relax. We want to put benches and tables where they can sit during lunch or their tea break. We want to make it as clean as possible and we want to make their work environment a good one so that they might approach their work with enthusiasm,” she says.

They also want to improve the trauma garden and are appealing to anyone that can help with that.

“There is no doubt that our police officers work in stressful environments, so we want to make it better by changing their surroundings. Working in a clean and friendly environment has psychological impact.

“These are the people who enforce law and order so their workplace must reflect that. It’s easy for people to complain that they are not doing their work but not so many people pause and think about where they work. So we are appealing to those who can help us to make the environment a conducive one for our officers,” says Brown.

Enolium Joseph, Claremont police station commander, says they are thankful for what the community members are doing.

“We really appreciate the work that they are doing for us. We had so much to do that our surroundings were neglected. Instead of the six people we should have had working, we only have two, so it was really difficult to look after the area, but the community turned things around.

“It really makes us happy and we approach our jobs with a more positive mindset because of the environment. We are grateful for the person who also comes every Thursday to look after the flowers and the surroundings, all through the partnership,” he says.

Though it seems there is much to be done the CPF and the Friends of the Parks have no doubt that their plans will bear fruit.

“They have a lot of space that can be used. We want picnic tables and to make it nice and more relaxing. We are pleading for anyone to help us, because we still need furniture, irrigation pipes and plants. Anyone who can help is welcome.”

Readers who want to help or donate items can call Brown on 021 671 0311.

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