Liquor officers appointed

2016-05-31 10:29

Five new designated liquor officers (DLOs) have been appointed at Cape Town Central Police Station.

The appointments come after a request for more manpower to deal with the 705 liquor outlets in the precinct – a number significantly larger than most other precincts.

Legislation allowed the appointment of only one DLO to each precinct, explains Cape Town Central spokesperson Ezra October.

This was regardless of the station size and the number of establishments in its precinct that are licensed, adds Community Policing Forum spokesperson Nicola Jowell.

‘The Western Cape Liquor Amendment Act has a number of essential clauses that will make the successful policing of licensed premises far more achievable.
“The Act has been pending for quite some time and we are extremely grateful that certain sections have now been promulgated. The changes allowed the provincial commissioner to appoint as many DLOs as he deems necessary,” she says.

The new DLOs will conduct compliance inspections and will be able to monitor outlets after hours, October says.

The number of liquor outlets in the precinct is growing monthly, explains Jowell.
“Every month we are seeing new applications for liquor licenses being made. So it is not a static number in the city but a growing concern and a more complex problem,” she says.
“Cape Town Central monitors around 700 premises – now you can imagine how impossible it is for one DLO to even start policing that number, let alone make any real impact.”

Although it is too soon to measure the impact of the new appointments, Jowell has high hopes for improved policing.
“We are confident in the calibre of police members who have been appointed and we know that there will be a positive effect,” she says.
“Up to now it’s been impossible to have proper policing of establishments that sell liquor as you need the capabilities of a DLO almost 24 hours a day.
“With these additional members we will be much closer to that situation.”

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