CPF calls out cops

2017-01-31 06:01

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The Kensington community wants their police station back on track to deliver top service.

Problems at the station came to light when the Kensington Community Policing Forum hosted a meeting at the civic centre on Monday last week.

Quinton Langeveldt, spokesperson of the forum, explains they invited stakeholders from the community and the police to the meeting to highlight some of their complaints about the current poor service delivery and lack of resources at the Kensington Police Station.

“For too long have we allowed the community to be treated with disregard in that they are being served by a lack of resources and low morale among police staff,” he says.

“We have gathered vital information in the past few months that includes having our acting visible policing head reporting back to his station of origin despite a request to have the captain appointed to Kensington on a permanent basis. Another problem that we pointed out is that it is unacceptable to have an average of three officers per shift and only one police van to patrol and service both sectors in Kensington and Factreton.”

Other problems discussed include overworked detectives and the replacement of officers who have been transferred or retired.

“We don’t have a crime prevention unit,” adds Langeveldt. “Last year, the station lost numerous officers and detectives while all our new recruits were taken away from the station to be placed elsewhere in the province. We cannot recall if these posts were filled or replaced.”

Langeveldt adds there was a problem that officers could not visit the holding cells every hour as legislated due to the lack of staff.

“How can they do this part of their work if one officer has to be at the desk all the time, leaving two of them to serve the community? In many cases, the two officers only respond to complaints hours later.”

Langeveldt says police representatives took note of these complaints and a further meeting with representatives from a provincial level will be attending to give more answers to these problems.

Kensington police had not responded at the time of going to print.

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