Police mobilised for new school year

2018-01-23 06:00
Captain Carol Fisher, Howard February (acting principal at Vanguard Primary School) and Brigadier Enolium Joseph.

Captain Carol Fisher, Howard February (acting principal at Vanguard Primary School) and Brigadier Enolium Joseph.

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Wednesday signalled the start of the new school year.

Parents from across the province woke up that little bit earlier in order to send their children off to school, some of them for the first time. “Parents have dreams of success for all their children and the challenge is to keep the dreams alive. Manenberg Police Station management realises the challenge that the community is facing in keeping children and youth in a good, safe learning environment,” says Manenberg police spokesperson, Captain Ian Bennett.

He says that gang violence is the biggest disruption in the lives of the youth.

“It disrupts a school day, it disrupts their focus, it influences truancy and causes a host of social ills, which end in substance abuse and gang recruitment,” says Bennett.

Manenberg Police Station commander, Brigadier Enolium Joseph, commends learners who passed to the next grade and those who have matriculated.

“The challenge now is to remain focused and keep the school environment safe by keeping gangs out of school. We call on the assistance of parents and grandparents to be more vigilant by keeping a close eye on the children and youth. Know where they are and who they are with. Check on their progress at school. Contact educators on a regular basis to ensure you are kept updated on your child’s shortcomings,” states ­Joseph.

He adds that it is important that both parents and the community keep the children’s best interests at heart. “The safety of our children must not and should not be compromised. The police have committed themselves to serving the community of Manenberg at different levels, combating crime, through high-density patrols and stop-and-searches, the prevention of crime through awareness and advocacy programmes and most of all quality investigation to bring perpetrators to book and ensure that peace and justice prevail,” adds Joseph.

The police were out in full force on Wednesday morning, patrolling the areas where children walk, ensuring safe passage for children walking to the various schools in Manenberg.

“Manenberg Police Station wishes every learner everything of the best for their schooling career and we want them to remember that their dreams are greater than the challenges they face in the community,” concludes Bennett.

V Anyone with information regarding crime can call Manenberg Police Station on 021 699 9400.

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