Adopt-a-cop kicks off

2019-03-05 06:01
Grassy Park Police Station commander Colonel Dawood Laing has launched his “Adopt-a-cop” programme by visiting various schools in the precinct.

Grassy Park Police Station commander Colonel Dawood Laing has launched his “Adopt-a-cop” programme by visiting various schools in the precinct.

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Grassy Park Station have launched their “Adopt-a-cop” programme in the precinct last week.People’s Post reported last month that new Station Commander Colonel Dawood Laing had plans to unveil the initiative (“Cleaning out from within”, 5 February).

Laing said that his instructions were clear and that the officers employed to the programme must perform as a mediator between the school and the police. “A lot of the time, when children are being abused, they might not trust their family members and might not trust the teacher, but if I as a police officer go to the school and speak out against those things, those children might come forward to us,” Laing said in February.

The programme is aimed to improve the local safety and security by taking proactive and reactive initiatives to address factors that cause or enable crimes to occur on school level as well as to improve avenues of communication in addressing issues relating to crime.

Grassy Park police spokesperson Captain Wynita Kleinsmith adds the initiative also aims to promote co-operation in an effort to solve problems within the 24 schools in the Grassy Park precinct which are fed with learners from Lotus River, Ottery, Parkwood - areas where she says gangsterism, drugs and violence are prevalent.

“Learners are confronted and have to deal with these issues on a daily basis as well as poverty and unemployment. At this station we believe in building strong partnerships with learners and teachers, thus contributing to the fight against crime,” says Kleinsmith.

Laing has appointed 24 cops from the station who need to visit the schools regularly and address problems as well as identify problems and work on a solution at a specific school, with Laing himself having adopted Fairmount High School.

Laing, together with Kleinsmith will be visiting the schools to create awareness around how to make correct decisions, such as to stay away from drugs and safety issues etc. Schools visited so far are Fairmount and Lotus River High and the primary schools are Lotus River, Kannemeyer and Stephen Road. “Building stronger relationships and partnering with the schools in Grassy Park precinct form part of the police plan of partnership policing,” says Kleinsmith.

She further urges the public to report criminal activity and reminds them of the reward system which is in effect.

Sector commanders can be contacted at the following contact numbers:

. Sector 1 (Parkwood/Fairways): Sergeant Heinrich Gordon on 082 522 2661

. Sector 2 (Grassy Park/Zeekoevlei): Sergeant Carol Strauss on 082 522 0501

. Sector 3 (Lotus River, Eagle Park, Phumlani Village, Riemvasmaak, New Horizon, Pelican Park and Peacock Close and part of Zeekoevlei (everything between Lake and Strandfontein Road): Sergeant Alridge Isaacs on 082 522 2883

. Sector 4 (Ottery and Ferness Estate): Constable Eugene Nell on 082 522 0499 V Anyone with info on crime in the Grassy Park area is requested to contact 021 700 3940 or Crime Stop at 086 001 0111. All info will be treated as highly confidential

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