Spiritual intervention needed against crime

2016-03-03 06:00
: =Pat Unsworth, Chairperson of the Uitenhage Community Policing Forum as well as Sector Policing and the only Peace Officer in Uitenhage. PHoto: HEILIE COMBRINCK

: =Pat Unsworth, Chairperson of the Uitenhage Community Policing Forum as well as Sector Policing and the only Peace Officer in Uitenhage. PHoto: HEILIE COMBRINCK

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Spiritual intervention as a manner in which to address crime prevention, will be the topic of discussion at the Uitenhage Community Policing Forum meeting this afternoon.

“We all need spiritual guidance, even perpetrators. Where people lack self respect and discipline, there is a dire need to intervene in an effort to change thoughts for the better,” said Pat Unsworth, Chairperson of the Uitenhage Community Policing Forum as well as Sector Policing.

The guest speaker at today’s meeting at 17:00 will be Paul Clough. All interested residents of Uitenhage are welcome to attend the meeting at the Church Street Police Station.

As part of the CPF outreach projects, Unsworth and her team on an annual basis donate a bakkie load of books to the Kirkwood and St Albans prisons.

“We have a responsibility also to help those behind bars, especially those who are open for change, and to better their lives. Reading is the best way, as they have enough time to influence their way of thinking.

“It is moving to see their reaction. Some cried and said they can’t believe somebody cares,” said Unsworth.

CPF members patrol the whole of Uitenhage and where there is no transport, they do foot patrolling.

“Recently one of these foot patrols came upon a burglary in Dr Braun. The police were notified and ‘chop-chop’ two suspects were arrested.

“We wish to thank all patrollers for their dedication. These volunteers are our eyes and ears and when on foot you see so much more.”

The CPF is promoting the Peace Officer programme with the aim to have more qualified patrollers on guard. Currently Unsworth is the only qualified Peace Officer in town.

  • For more information on this contact Unsworth at 084 981 6109.

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