In a bid to show appreciation for their volunteers, the Strandfontein Community Policing Forum (CPF) chairperson, Sandy Schuter, and her executive, along with the Strandfontein Police Station commander, Captain David Malong, and sector commander Constable Ashley Luyt, visited the various block watch committees in Strandfontein as part of the mass visibility patrols. Schuter has initiated the mass visibility to personally thank the volunteer patrollers for the sacrifices they make every day in ensuring a safer community. “It is very difficult for the CPF to keep our fingers on the pulse all the time because there are various other functions that we also need to fulfil,” says Schuter.?“We are mandated to ensure police service delivery and provide oversight of the police. We have been working vigorously in the trenches of Strandfontein and we as an executive have lost touch with the existing safety structures.” She further says that if it were not for the safety structures in Strandfontein, the state of safety in the area would have been a lot worse.“Over the past few weeks, we have seen an increase in crowbar gang activity and the volunteers and police really drew a lot closer together, by having joint early-morning high-density patrols and the determination to clamp down on this sudden spiral in crime especially during the early morning peak times. The CPF is there to ensure joint problem solving, working in partnership to reduce the criminal activity in Strandfontein, and over the past few weeks we saw exactly that,” she says.The executive felt the need to show appreciation and expressed gratitude to each block watch. “We didn’t have much money to give but we ensured through the Expanded Public Works Programme that we shared that with the volunteers, towards coffee, tea and airtime for calling police and booking on and off duty as a small token of appreciation,” says Schuter. Malong also thanked the volunteers for being their “wing” in crime fighting and echoed the sentiments of Schuter. He committed to strengthening the relationship between SAPS and the various structures, saying the police cannot fight crime alone and that the valuable contribution made by the CPF is evident in the community.