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2018-01-16 06:00

The festive season in the Philippi policing precinct has seen a rise in the number of arrests which usually occur during this period annually.

Station commander Colonel Dennis Abels has lauded the community for the continual effort in working with the police to maintain the relative peace which has descended over the area over the period.

“The people need to be informed with the real status of the crime which is going on in their area. For the last week, we arrested 50 [suspects], of which 22 are drug-related, which is one of the generators of crime.

“Normally in this period nobody wants to be caught with anything [and be imprisioned over the festive season]. The figures are quite amazing,” he adds.

Abels says that the issue regarding gangs is different from other areas.

“With the other gangsters there is normally a main figure. Hanover Park doesn’t have a go-to leader, there are groups.

“It is no use you arrest a hitman and he comes back out. Many of the past shooters were denied bail, but it is good to have one inside and the enemy outside. You remove two from one another. Once you have two opposites on the outside, you will get a clash,” says Abels.

He says that his officers need to be thorough in constructing dockets in their investigations to ensure that suspects and repeat offenders return into the system. Shootings between rival gangs is expected says Abels, but he would like to have improved intelligence on the ground.

“We need to depend on the cluster to come on board to put in an early warning system where we can foresee what is going to happen. We need to put mechanisms in place where we think they are going to shoot. Whether the information is true or not, I can’t ignore it. Because if I ignore the information and something happens, it is more explanation I have to give the following day,” explains Abels.

He also urged residents to play a bigger role in their family’s lives.

“A struggle is the accountability with regards to parenthood in the Philippi area. We can do whatever operations in the area, but if the social bond is not strong or issues are not addressed, we will still have continuous conflict and differences in how people view these domestic (issues),” he adds.

He, however, thanked the residents who have taken responsibility for trying to keep the community safe.

“I must commend the community who were law-abiding during the festive period and they played a part in addressing some of the issues like the stone-throwing ,” Abels says.

He adds that the standard of service should not change between departments or if management is not present.

“The [same] work and actions should be done even if the leader of Philippi or the management isn’t around, because there has to be someone to replace them and have the same result and level in standard. This is also in line with regard to empowerment and guidelines and that should be the purpose of all the officers, even the lower-ranking officials.”

The festive season in the Philippi policing precinct has seen a rise in the number of arrests which usually occur during this period annually.

Station commander Colonel Dennis Abels has lauded the community for the continual effort in working with the police to maintain the relative peace which has descended over the area over the period.

“The people need to be informed with the real status of the crime which is going on in their area. For the last week, we arrested 50 [suspects], of which 22 are drug-related, which is one of the generators of crime. Normally in this period nobody wants to be caught with anything [and be imprisioned over the festive season]. The figures are quite amazing,” he adds.

Abels says that the issue regarding gangs is different from other areas.

“With the other gangsters there is normally a main figure. Hanover Park doesn’t have a go-to leader, there are groups.

“It is no use you arrest a hitman and he comes back out. Many of the past shooters were denied bail, but it is good to have one inside and the enemy outside. You remove two from one another. Once you have two opposites on the outside, you will get a clash,” says Abels.

He says that his officers need to be thorough in constructing dockets in their investigations to ensure that suspects and repeat offenders return into the system. Shootings between rival gangs is expected says Abels, but he would like to have improved intelligence on the ground.

“We need to depend on the cluster to come on board to put in an early warning system where we can foresee what is going to happen. We need to put mechanisms in place where we think they are going to shoot. Whether the information is true or not, I can’t ignore it. Because if I ignore the information and something happens, it is more explanation I have to give the following day,” explains Abels.

He also urged residents to play a bigger role in their family’s lives.

“A struggle is the accountability with regards to parenthood in the Philippi area. We can do whatever operations in the area, but if the social bond is not strong or issues are not addressed, we will still have continuous conflict and differences in how people view these domestic (issues),” he adds.

He, however, thanked the residents who have taken responsibility for trying to keep the community safe. “I must commend the community who were law-abiding during the festive period and they played a part in addressing some of the issues like the stone-throwing ,” Abels says.

He adds that the standard of service should not change between departments or if management is not present.

“The [same] work and actions should be done even if the leader of Philippi or the management isn’t around, because there has to be someone to replace them and have the same result and level in standard,” he says.

“This is also in line with regard to empowerment and guidelines and that should be the purpose of all the officers, even the lower-ranking officials.”

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