1 070 more po­lice a boost in fight against crime

Cape Argus - - METRO - JA­SON FE­LIX ja­son.fe­lix@inl.co.za

THE po­lice’s re­sources in the Western Cape are set to get a boost with 1 070 ad­di­tional of­fi­cers, who will be de­ployed in this fi­nan­cial year.

The po­lice bosses prom­ise the new gang-unit will stretch its long arms to more ar­eas.

Pro­vin­cial po­lice com­mis­sioner Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Khom­binkosi Jula and Com­mu­nity Safety MEC Alan Winde ad­dressed the me­dia yes­ter­day to pledge sup­port for fight­ing crime.

“It takes about 18 months for po­lice of­fi­cers to be trained at col­lege and be de­ployed into the units and at sta­tions. I can re­port that in the 2018/19 fi­nan­cial year we are get­ting an al­lo­ca­tion of 1 070 new of­fi­cers to the Western Cape,” Jula said.

He said the new anti-gang unit (AGU) would be boosted in fu­ture.

“The AGU is a na­tional unit and it is funded at that level.

“The num­bers will be in­creased as we go on. Once we see that more mem­bers are needed, it will be in­creased.

“We have 25 gang sta­tions and the unit is de­ployed across these ar­eas. We also have Op­er­a­tion Thun­der and the Fes­tive Sea­son pro­gramme which will en­sure higher vis­i­bil­ity,” he said.

Last week, Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa launched the AGU in Hanover Park where he handed over high-per­for­mance ve­hi­cles.

Winde said the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to help where the need is the most.

“We are agree­ing to meet at least twice a month to dis­cuss crime fight­ing ef­forts, to en­sure strate­gies are aligned to cur­rent trends and needs.

“We are sup­port­ing the process of fill­ing crit­i­cal va­can­cies within the six-month time frame as set out by the Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion.

“We agreed to drive the agenda that crime statis­tics in this prov­ince are re­leased on a quar­terly ba­sis.

“The reg­u­lar re­lease of these stats will pro­vide a clear crime pic­ture, help­ing com­mu­nity struc­tures to as­sign re­sources to the most preva­lent crime cat­e­gories. There is a need to look be­yond con­ven­tional ways of polic­ing, and in­tro­duce tech­nol­ogy to com­bat crime. Things like body cam­eras and other tech­nol­ogy can cer­tainly be used to cre­ate a safer en­vi­ron­ment. We will also look at CCTV cam­eras and pos­si­bly link it with our wi-fi sys­tem,” Winde said.”

DAVID RITCHIE African News Agency (ANA)

PRO­VIN­CIAL po­lice com­mis­sioner Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Khom­binkosi Jula an­nounced in­crease in po­lice of­fi­cers yes­ter­day. |

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