Police station swells ranks to fight crime

2015-08-18 06:00

Ocean View police will receive a boost as new officers are being appointed.

An additional 16 officers will swell the ranks over the next few months.

Wynberg policing cluster spokesperson Captain Angie Latchman says Ocean View police station will get nine newly trained constables next month.

“Further to this an additional five entry-level constable posts have been allocated and advertised recently for Ocean View police station,” she says.

Community organisations have raised concerns over manpower at the police station, amid reports that there are on occasion only two officers on duty during a shift.

The Ocean View Community Police Forum spokesperson, who does not want to be named for safety reasons, says the new appointments will have a huge impact on the station’s relationship with the community.

“The station is so short-staffed that it is running at about 30% capacity. Every section of the station is understaffed,” she says.

“Having more officers will improve visible policing and response times. If the police are seen to be trying and are seen to be addressing the issues, it will go a long way to boosting the relationship with the community.”

Latchman says the new appointments will help in fighting crime in the area.

“The new personnel will definitely bolster manpower in Ocean View which will have a positive impact in the fight against crime,” she says

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