Lamoer: Police responded to Cape Town plan

2012-06-05 10:05

Cape Town - The SA Police Service (SAPS) has rubbished a claim that it is unresponsive to a plan to train law enforcement reservists for Cape Town communities.

Provincial police commissioner Arno Lamoer, speaking on 567CapeTalk on Tuesday morning, said his office had responded to the City of Cape Town.

"[They] did receive a response from our office that the issue has been referred to the national office because it's a decision which needs to be taken on a national level," he said.

He added that the metro police had tried a similar system in 2006 but that it had failed to get off the ground as the national police office at the time refused to implement it.

A Cape Times report on Tuesday quoted mayoral committee member JP Smith as saying that despite sending a proposal to the SAPS and several follow-ups, there had been no response from Lamoer.

He said that the city wanted to recruit 100 reservists from existing neighbourhood watches and put them in uniforms to enforce by-laws, thereby easing the strain on the SAPS.

About R2m in funding was available for stipends, vehicles, uniforms and equipment for an initial 100 reservists in the first year.

The plan was to bump this up to 200 people later on.

Pilot areas would include Nyanga and Mitchells Plain.

"Existing neighbourhood watches already do good work in many communities, but the reservist programme will give them real powers and compel them to professionalise themselves and work in a more structured and supervised manner," Smith said.

  • Kala - 2012-06-05 10:12

    Fantastic idea! Now it has to go through the gauntlet of red tape that is National Government

  • Curry - 2012-06-05 10:13

    With a surname like that he deserves to be cut a little slack.

      Piet - 2012-06-05 11:18

      LAMOER SE M........

  • allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-06-05 10:35

    SAPS are insurance intermediaries , they employ people with guns to provide you a number to give to your insurance company. Thats the bulk of interaction most have with them. Not sure why they need more of them .

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-05 10:36

    This is a fantastic initiative. Constructive, logical, aimed at assisting in the very serious problem of crime. Therefore, I suspect the National Government will never allow it. Hope I'm wrong.

  • piet.strydom - 2012-06-05 10:55

    Mr Lamoer, passing the buck to another bureaucrat does not constitute "response" or "action".

  • Jacques - 2012-06-05 11:57

    Fantastic idea – Could we please also have a proposal for traffic law enforcement reservists. Each day I must manage traffic hazards, like not-roadworthy vehicles, taxi’s passing on left yellow lane, and slow vehicles refusing to move from the right lane on N2 etc. Pleeasse!

      nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-05 12:55

      and burning tyres and rocks............

  • Michael - 2012-06-05 12:04

    OK great, more people empowered to demand bribes... First of all reward the hard working and honest police officers. Get rid of the corrupt. Then lets start building the numbers!

  • ramokgoasi.sefafe - 2012-06-05 12:54

    This is cheap labour attempt by J.P Stmith, why can't he recruit more metro police officail on permanant base with decent JOBS, it is bad this people would be subjected to abuse as they would not enjoying full benefits of a permanant employees. At the end they would be used a political score points as it is with Current Metropolitan police.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-06-05 13:26

      Never go full retard...

      Jacqui - 2012-06-05 13:37

      Ramokgoasi, so you would rather have the police volunteers you have now that work for nothing in the hope of getting a police job in the future?. What kind of decent job is that?.

      nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-05 14:19

      My goodness. You people can find ghosts in cupboards where there aren't even cupboards.

  • Jacqui - 2012-06-05 13:34

    The SAPS is against this plan. Not capable of safeguarding people's safety, they would rather boycot a good plan. Maybe scared that sleeping in your patrol car and taking the wife shopping in your ratrol car will be a thing of the past?. Or maybe some lucrative deals will fall through. Who the heck knows what these people think?.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-05 16:23

    Agent propaganda at its best.

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-06-05 19:30

    its all good and well but speaking from expierance some of our reservist join this force to settle scores with their enimies and to carry out their own if it gets off the ground i will support it whole heartedly and will even join but like i said you have to be carefull as to who you pick.some of these guys think if they join up they will become police members one day this whole thing is a tricky thing to enforce so be carefull what you ask for, they sometimes become a law unto themselves

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