Help to be the ‘eyes and ears’

2018-02-13 06:00

The Diep River Community Policing Forum (CPF) is looking for members of the community to join forces and help fight crime

There are currently two vacancies in the executive committee of the CPF, namely public relations officer and events ­coordinator.

Diep River police spokesperson, Constable Zak Marais, says CPFs have been set up to involve all local stakeholders and key organisations in local policing.

“They meet regularly with the officers in charge of the local police station and discuss problems and solutions to crime in their area.

“The adoption of community policing did not only turn around the crime situation, but changed the way police officers address crime,” he says.

Marais adds that for community policing to be successful, it is important for members of the community to realise and accept that they also have a social and moral obligation to assist and support the police officers in the fight against crime and other forms of social disorder.

“With the support and involvement of the community, the police will be in a position to meet the safety and security needs of the country. Community participation and support in the fight against crime can save lives.”

Community organisations and development workers have to cooperate with CPFs to mobilise community support in the fight against crime.

This includes:

. Identifying crime hotspots and informing the police about problems

. Reporting any information on wanted suspects and illegal firearms

. Visiting schools with the police to speak to learners and teachers

. Running education and awareness campaigns on the community’s role in fighting crime

. Mobilising civil society organisations to become active members of the CPF

. Supporting the police in crime prevention initiatives

. Monitoring police service delivery

. Providing possible solutions or alternatives to constantly strengthen partnerships and improve service delivery

Any member of the community who represents or is part of a registered business, non-profit organisation, church or school may apply to be on the CPF, explains Marais.

“We encourage those to get on board and be part of the solution process. We cannot fight crime behind closed doors. We rely on public feedback/participation at Diep River police so that we may work on addressing these issues together. This requires the help and input of the community and cannot be done solely by Diep River police alone,” says Marais

Elections for the above positions will be held on 13 February in the boardroom of the Diep River Police Station at 18:30. V Anyone who is interested can contact the CPF secretary, Fiona Schwimmbacher, on 082 350 9647 or email cpfdiepriver177@gmail.com, or alternatively contact Constable Zak Marais on 021 710 7314 or 079 894 0105 or email diepriversaps@saps.gov.za for application forms.

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