Police have new chief

2015-10-06 06:00
The new commander of Steenberg police station, Lieutenant-Colonel Jan Alexander. 

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The new commander of Steenberg police station, Lieutenant-Colonel Jan Alexander. PHOTO: astrid februarie

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The Steenberg Police Station has a new head and he “has a no tolerance attitude towards crime”.

Lieutenant-Colonel Jan Alexander, new station commander, says he is ready to tackle any and all issues in the community, especially those related to gangsterism and drugs.

“My main priority will be to focus on the gang-related activity in the community and learn more about how they operate and how we can bring gang-related crimes down,” he says.

With a zero-tolerance approach Alexander will shift most of his manpower towards operations to tackle this issue.

“I will ensure that we double our efforts with the help of the community and all security structures in the policing precinct,” he says.

He also has plans to meet with the school principals in the community to discuss their issues and what they can do to overcome them, especially with regard to the behaviour and attitudes of some of the pupils.

There are 21 schools in the precinct – five high schools and 16 primary schools.

Alexander says he has received reports from principals about pupils who are involved in gang activity, influencing others negatively and have bad attitudes when confronted about their behaviour.

“Many of the principals say they are compelled to let the pupils go. This only after they have taken various steps to get them on the right track through disciplinary hearings.

“However, when they show too much aggression and can no longer be reprimanded the principals have no choice but to let these pupils leave to avoid them from influencing other pupils,” he says.

His plans also include building strong partnerships with all neighbourhood watches and other community structures. He believes police can support them and in return receive the support they need to be more effective in their duties.

Alexander plans several recruitment drives to create interest in the community.

“Communication is key in combating crime and I would appreciate the support from the community. We need to gain the trust of the broader public, but can only do so when we communicate regularly,” Alexander says.

Alexander says the police will continue with their crime prevention operations, which include stop and searches and will specifically search for drugs and firearms. They will not only search drug dealers, but drugs abusers too, Alexander adds.

“We have in the last month made over 150 drug-related arrests and have made a commitment to meet our arrest target to ensure we decrease the sale and use of illegal substances.”

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