Station commander welcomed by locals

2018-03-13 06:01
Members of the Lansdowne police, Lansdowne CPF and the broader community welcomed Colonel Shawn van Wyk, the new station commander of Lansdowne Police Station.

Members of the Lansdowne police, Lansdowne CPF and the broader community welcomed Colonel Shawn van Wyk, the new station commander of Lansdowne Police Station.

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Colonel Shawn van Wyk, the new station commander of Lansdowne Police Station, received a warm welcome from the community at an annual meeting hosted by the Lansdowne police and Lansdowne Community Policing Forum (CPF). The gathering was held at Turfhall Primary School in Penlyn Estate on Wednesday night.

Rafique Foflonker, chairperson of the Lansdowne CPF and spokesperson for the Mitchell’s Plain Cluster Board, says the CPF is excited to welcome Van Wyk to the community and they look forward to working alongside him to improve community-police relations.

Van Wyk was previously the station commander at Grassy Park Police Station.

“The community of Lansdowne has seen positive growth in the partnership with Lansdowne police, and overall crime has trended positively in the past few years.

“The CPF chairperson is of the opinion that the Lansdowne policing area is well served by the Lansdowne police and the active neighbourhood watches. However, there are still serious challenges preventing better service to the community,” says Foflonker­.

Among the issues he mentioned during the meeting were the detective staffing levels and case loads, visible policing resources to cover the precinct 24/7, the current station building that is not suitable for use as a police station, the aging fleet and poor condition of operational police vehicles, limited coverage of neighbourhood watches during weekdays, and domestic violence in the home leading to secondary crime which is difficult to police.

“Despite these challenges, good progress has been made due to improved understanding and cooperation between neighbourhood watches and police, several individual police members who have sincerely embraced the spirit of community-oriented policing, the CPF driving Batho Pele (‘People First’ principles) and the Victim’s Charter at station level, constructive support at cluster level, and general community engagement.”

Foflonker says the CPF’s vision is to continue building effective partnerships by mobilising communities towards a safe and peaceful South Africa. He thanked all role players for their hard work and dedication.

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