CPF - the voice of the community

2016-03-10 06:00
Pat Unsworth, Uitenhage Community Policing Forum Chairperson and only Peace Officer in town.          Photo: HEILIE COMBRINCK

Pat Unsworth, Uitenhage Community Policing Forum Chairperson and only Peace Officer in town. Photo: HEILIE COMBRINCK

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The role fulfilled in town by the Uitenhage Community Policing Forum can never be underestimated. Pat Unsworth, Chairperson of the Uitenhage Community Policing Forum and Sector Policing has the following message from this voluntary service:

As CPF, we have come to appreciate the important role we have to play in the partnership we have with the South African Police Service. We work jointly in a concerted effort to meet the ever increasing challenges in the fight against anti-social behaviour and crime.

Monthly meetings for residents to attend

The CPF encourages the community to attend the meetings held every first Thursday (17:00) of the month in conjunction with the Uitenhage police at the Church Street police station, to voice all concerns and discuss effective ways in which these may be addressed.

We enjoy well attended meetings and make concerted efforts to promote the CPF. The forum is also visible at the monthly Uitenhage Market where they have a stand with banners.

Patrolling - how does it work

The CPF has received sponsored reflective vests which are CPF branded, rendering high visibility whilst on duty. The Sector Policing group conducts weekly patrols. These volunteers do motorized and foot patrols and are the eyes and ears of the police. There are about 50 other patrollers handling their own area. Our ultimate goal is to have all areas operating in the same way, covering problematic or hot spot areas. We maintain radio and cell phone contact with shift commanders when on duty.

Effect on crime

Our active duties definitely result in reduced crime. Continuous pamphlet distribution and interaction with the community has proved extremely effective. Door to door visits and our high visibility are maintained.

Through our pamphlets we aim to sensitize the community to various criminal activities and in particular hot spots to be aware of.

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