New boots ready to hit the streets

2020-01-28 06:00
Mayco member for safety and security JP Smith speaking with recruits.

Mayco member for safety and security JP Smith speaking with recruits.

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The City of Cape Town’s safety and security directorate has completed the training of 160 new auxiliary law enforcement officers who will be deployed across the city.

“The men and women who received peace officer and traffic warden training have been deployed specifically to those hotspot areas where challenges include vagrancy, illegal trading, drug dealing and traffic violations across many subcouncils in the city,” says Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith, who visited the training facility in Ndabeni recently.

The new recruits were sourced from the law enforcement services recruitment database.

“The officers will be able to enforce municipal by-laws, issue fines, and execute warrants of arrest. The City is doing its best to address some of the bigger issues as is evident by the successes of our different security departments, but many of our communities are plagued by smaller crimes and transgressions which make neighbourhoods unsafe and unpleasant areas to live in,” says Smith.

“We are committed to tackling the crime and disorder which will make a difference in the lives of residents who have expressed a need for by-law enforcement. The project has long term three-year funding which will enable a sustainable enforcement presence. The auxiliary law enforcement officer is an entry officer who will receive continuous on the job legislated training and after two years, will advance to a law enforcement officer.”


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