New wheels to fight crime

2018-12-18 06:00
Law Enforcement officers take a picture with the new vehicle with ward councillor Amiee Kuhl in front.

Law Enforcement officers take a picture with the new vehicle with ward councillor Amiee Kuhl in front.

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Law Enforcement Auxiliary Services (LEAS) in the South Peninsula are now in a much better position to fight crime due to a vehicle they recently received.

The vehicle was made possible by councillor Aimee Kuhl, who allocated R250 000 from her ward budget for this purpose.

Kuhl says LEAS is made up of ordinary citizens who are going the extra mile to keep our communities safe. “This group of guys and girls have gone through the City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement training and now patrol our streets. They do not receive a salary for this. The police, as a national body, is severely under-resourced. The City will never have the budget to match the SAPS officer numbers we are entitled to as a mega metropole. So I saw it fit to get a ward allocation and get this car. Before they had this car, Law Enforcement officers had to wait for a vehicle from the permanent fleet to become available, hampering their progress,” she says.

Despite all the challenges Kuhl says they are immensely grateful for the important work the LEAS does. “LEAS are relatively new – the team graduated at the beginning of the year. They have significantly contributed to arrests in the past months and you will see them on the ground during the upcoming festive season which is the busiest time of the year along our coast. LEAS are significantly contributing to arrests and are an integral part of visible policing.”

Kuhl says she personally has gone on night patrol with the LEAS team and has witnessed how challenging fighting crime is. “Irrespective of the lack of manpower and resources, everyone displays a huge amount of dedication to the task. So it only seems fitting that they deserve a bit of pixie dust with four wheels to help them do their job,” she says.

This is their first vehicle and Kuhl has plans for another car in 2019. “It’s a small step in the right direction.

“It’s time that national government finally takes responsibility for their under-resourcing and mismanagement. Residents must also be mindful of their surroundings – don’t leave boxes of electronics or other Christmas presents on the sidewalk on refuse collection day. This will make work easier for our officers and keep everyone a little safe,” she says.

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