No extra cops for ward

2017-10-31 06:00

A motion for increased law enforcement presence in ward 115 will not be coming to fruition.

Ward councillor Dave Bryant submitted the motion to increase the number of City of Cape Town traffic and Law Enforcement officers to the Good Hope Subcouncil in May (“Growing CBD means growing crime”, People’s Post, 23 May).

The ward includes the CBD, Green Point, Mouille Point the V&A Waterfront, De Waterkant, Woodstock and Salt River.

The motion indicated an urgent need for increased security staff as the ward had disproportionately higher levels of traffic and tourists than other parts of the city, and that the number of residential and business people in the ward had increased exponentially over the past 15 years.

However, Bryant has confirmed that no additional officers will be deployed in the ward following a recent subcouncil meeting.

“[Mayco member for safety, security and social development] JP Smith attended our subcouncil meeting to respond to my motion, where he advised that allocating more full-time Law Enforcement and traffic officials would not be possible at present.

“This was due to additional Law Enforcement officers needing to be deployed to the most crime-ridden areas of the city. He added that traffic and Law Enforcement officers were already disproportionately allocated to ward 115 due to the high number of people, both residents and business. He also stated that the real failure lay with the criminal justice system and the overall efficacy of the police,” says Bryant.

Bryant is looking at alternatives to boost safety in the area.

“I currently sponsor one extra Law Enforcement officer through my ward budget and have made a request to Smith to look into ring-fencing budget from certain revenue-generating activities to pay for additional staff in future.

“In the next few months I will be sponsoring a new trailer for Law Enforcement operations in the area, as well as an electric bicycle for the ward Law Enforcement officer so he can be more effective in a wider area of the CBD,” Bryant says.

He has also been working on a number of temporary enforcement projects with the Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID), including additional pointsmen at key intersections, increased traffic enforcement for certain streets and significant additional enforcement staff for the Grand Parade.

“I will continue to lobby for additional staff where possible as it is clear that we need more regular operations to deal with traffic and bylaw offences,” Bryant says.

“We are doing our best to ‘work smart’ with the resources at our disposal and with the cooperation of local partners such as neighbourhood watches and CIDs. A fundamental aspect of this is ensuring that public spaces are improved and activated, specifically our parks and public squares.”

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