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2018-09-25 06:00
Mhlanguli Nkwali, Mgibantaka Siyavuya, Dumisani Stali and Khetani David Joni are four of the CCID's 12 new precinct commanders.PHOTO: CCID

Mhlanguli Nkwali, Mgibantaka Siyavuya, Dumisani Stali and Khetani David Joni are four of the CCID's 12 new precinct commanders.PHOTO: CCID

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An additional 24 officers will swell the ranks of the Cape Town Central City Improvement District’s (CCID) Safety and Security Department.

The CCID has increased the number of public safety officers (PSOs) and CCID-funded City Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) within its safety and security portfolio.

CCID Safety and Security manager Muneeb Hendricks says as of this month, the number of PSOs has increased from 230 to 250 and LEOs from 16 to 20.

“Having the additional PSOs and LEOs will go a long way in enhancing our safety presence at street level in terms of the top-up services we provide in addition to those delivered by our primary safety partners, the City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement agency and the police­.”

Throughout the year and around the clock, the CCID’s PSOs – who are contracted via Iliso Protection Services – work in shifts to patrol the streets of the CBD. They can be found both on foot and in vehicles, in constant radio contact with the CCID’s 24/7 control centre, the police’s control centre and the City’s Cyclops centre (CCTV network) providing intel to help prevent crime in the CBD.

The latest strategy to increase the number of PSOs and LEOs follows the introduction of 12 precinct commanders in June within the CCID’s Safety and Security portfolio­.

“The precinct commanders oversee that the CCID PSOs carry out their functions as stipulated by the service-level agreement between the CCID and its service provider. They also play a vital role in being the bridge between the four full-time Safety and Security team members who oversee the 250 PSOs,” says Hendricks.V CCID’s 24/7 control centre can be reached on 082 415 7127.

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