Mayor Dan Plato and the Mayco member for safety and security JP Smith spent time conducting foot patrols as part of the newly introduced Law Enforcement Advancement Plan (LEAP) officers in Khayelitsha on Friday 6 November.
The visit formed part of a series of oversight visits, which the initiative prioritised. LEAP is a joint undertaking between the City and the provincial government.
It is designed to ensure increased visible enforcement, build relationships with residents, businesses and key community structures, gather information on crime patterns and key areas of concern in their area of deployment as to support other enforcement agencies.
“Supporting efforts to tackle crime is a collaborative effort,” Plato said, “and we are doing our best to improve safety and security in neighbourhoods in partnership with other spheres of government. LEAP is a joint initiative between local and provincial government because we know increasing safety is not something that can be achieved alone – it requires a multi-pronged and comprehensive strategy.
“I am pleased to see these additional officers on the ground in Khayelitsha, and we hope that together this project brings more stability and peace to this community.”
The Khayelitsha LEAP deployment is one of five cluster deployments in policing precincts, with the rest focused on Philippi, Manenberg, Bishop Lavis and Delft.
“It is important to be clear on the mandate of the LEAP officers, but also to understand that it takes time to make a meaningful impact,” said Smith.
“Furthermore, it is important to understand that SAPS remains the primary agency responsible for crime prevention, particularly serious and violent crimes, their investigation and the conviction of those responsible.
“LEAP is meant to act in support of SAPS, while ensuring compliance with the City’s by-laws. And, while officers will respond to any incident in progress, they are neither trained nor mandated to investigate crimes and to ensure prosecutions.”