Cape Town Central police have been commended for their high arrest rate during the first quarter of the 2018/2019 year.
The station recently received four certificates of commendation from provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Khombinkosi Jula.
The station has the “highest volume of overall reduction in crime in relation to its community reported crimes”, and placed second for the highest number of total arrests.
The station had the third highest number of property crime cases to go court and the fourth highest number of serious crime cases to go to court during the quarter.
According to Cape Town Central police spokesperson Captain Ezra October, the commendable results were due to strategic planning and direction focused on crime hotspots, multidisciplinary operations, as well as well motivated members and teamwork among others.
“We could not have achieved these achievements without the hard work of our partners and security role- players such as Metro Police, Traffic, Law Enforcement, Cape Town Central City Improvement District, Green Point/Oranje Kloof Improvement District, Oranjezicht Higgovale Neighbourhood Watch (NHW), Devil’s Peak Vredehook Watch, Bo-Kaap NHW, District Six NHW, Tamboerskloof NHW, Gardens Watch, Justice Walk, Blinde Street Committee, and our Community Policing Forum who assisted us in all our daily integrated crime preventions.”
Cape Town Central Community Policing Forum chairperson Marc Truss says the organisation is pleased the station has been recognised for their hard work.
Truss stresses that the results are thanks to good partnerships.
“They cannot do it alone, they require partners, and if it were not for the partners the arrests would not take place,” he says.
“We do regular crime operations together whereby we plan ahead, taking the crime pattern into account, then structure such an operation whereby we jointly approach crime in a proactive manner. This does lead to arrests which are done together as partners. The community is not aware of how much the partners do for crime prevention, especially when it comes to CIDs.”
Truss adds that while the station has received the accolade, one also needs to remember that individuals’ hard work lies behind the results.
“The station is seen to be receiving the accolades, not the individual members,” he says. “It needs to be seen as an inclusive award for all members, irrespective of their position at the station.”
October adds: “These awards motivate the officers at the station to perform [better]. Officers feel appreciated and recognised. These awards improve the morale of all members, [and encourage them] to work smarter and serve this community professionally.”