Open day for crime victims

2018-10-02 06:01
Local organisations at the open day held at Kensington Police Station to show support to victims of crime.

Local organisations at the open day held at Kensington Police Station to show support to victims of crime.

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Police and a few community organisations recently joined forces in an event to show support to victims of crime.

Local police showed off their victim support room and organisations, including Safer Schools and the local neighbourhood watch, showcased their own facilities that local residents and victims can make use of.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Angeline Grill, who led the open day, says the event was also the locals’ contribution to Provincial Victims Week.

Grill says the Victims’ Charter of Rights was discussed and made available for and to the community.

She says that with the current scourge of gang violence plaguing the community, “everyone is a victim and should use the Victims’ Charter to exercise their rights in practice­”.

Grill reiterates the importance of the community’s participation in such events, “in order for the community to know and understand how the Victims’ Support Services field can better ensure that every victim of crime has access to services and support, as well as to see, first-hand, how the professionals, organisations and communities can work in tandem to reach all the victims”.

Ward councillor Helen Jacobs joined the programme to show her support.

Grill says Safer Schools and Neighbourhood Watch: No Boundaries sealed the day with their support.

“The community was engaged and encouraged to avail themselves as volunteers in the victim support room and quite a few took up this challenge and signed up,” she says.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer in the victim support room is asked to contact Grill.

Police also took the opportunity to announce the Deceased Firearms Project. Grill says the project has been implemented to ensure that firearms owned by deceased people are handed in at police stations for safeguarding.

“The community is urged to cooperate with the police by handing in the firearms of deceased persons, as anyone who is in possession of a deceased person’s firearm is illegally in possession of that firearm,” warns Grill.

She adds that cooperation will also ensure that firearms do not fall into the hands of perpetrators to be used in the execution of crime.

Sergeant Yolanda Titus, the designated firearms officer, can be contacted for more information.

Kensington police thnked residents who have already handed in firearms. So far two firearms have been confiscated, adds Grill.

She stresses that the success of the project is highly dependent on the cooperation of the community.

The next open day will be hosted during the period of 16 Days of Activism and any organisation interested in being part of the event can contact Grill.

V Grill can be contacted on 021 594 7026/47 or at Kensingtonsaps@saps.gov.za while Titus can be contacted on 021 594 7039 or 079 894 1232.

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