The Grassy Park Community Policing Forum (CPF) has commended Grassy Park police on their speedy action taken on Friday, resulting in the arrests of two suspects. “This morning (Friday), a trolley pusher was found with a 9mm pistol with live ammunition in Fairways, thanks to the alert neighbourhood watch and police. The suspect is allegedly a member of [a gang] in Parkwood Estate,” says CPF spokesperson Philip Bam. Police later arrested a young man attempting to rob a 35-year-old woman of her mobile phone in Victoria Road.“Apparently, this youngster is also a gang member who steals to feed his drug habit. He uses Mandrax (buttons) which costs him R35 a tablet. “One shudders to think what harm could have befallen this woman if police did not act swiftly. “These arrests follow interaction between the community and the police. “For a long time now, the CPF on behalf of the community has been asking for the guns to be taken off our streets and we are pleased that the police are following through,” adds Bam.Bam says that the CPF will be embarking on a community awareness programme over the next few weeks to build a better relationship between the community and police. “We appreciate that there are residents who will come forward with information on crime and locations of guns in the area. The community is encouraged to contact the CPF confidentially with information on which the police will act. “We are determined to join hands with the community and police to rid our suburbs such as Parkwood, Ottery and Lotus River of gangsterism and crime,” says Bam.He says that the programmes delivered by the CPF are designed to change the mindsets of the youth and aim to debunk the glorification of gangsters as role models. “Our neighbourhood watches (NHWs) play a very important role in crime prevention and the CPF wishes to thank the community volunteers in the NHWs who give time and resources to keep our community safe,” he says.The CPF is working on a strategy in its #gangsterismshallfall campaign, of which more details will be made available at a later date. “We will take back our streets,” concludes Bam.