New sector cops
The station commander of the Knysna police, Colonel Atwell Metu, congratulates Warrant Officers Hugo Beukes and Petrus Kapp and Sergeant Abraham Zondeka on their recent appointments as sector commanders after these positions became vacant.
The posts were advertised internally.
Sector policing was introduced during 2009 and the Knysna policing precinct was demarcated into six sectors. These appointments only affect sectors 4, 5 and 6. Commanders in the other sectors remain the same.
Sector 4: Sergeant Abraham Zondeka
Areas: Bongani, Concordia, White Location, Joodsekamp, Qolweni and Flenter Location
Zondeka, with 13 years policing experience, has been in the crime prevention environment for the largest part of his policing career.
Sector 5: Warrant Officer Hugo Beukes
Areas: Rheenendal, Bibby’s Hoek, Ruigtevlei, Karatara, Redlands and surrounding farms
Beukes, with 30-years policing experience, is an experienced police officer and has served the Knysna SAPS in various capacities during his 30-year career.
Sector 6: Warrant Officer Petrus Kapp
Buffalo Bay, Sedgefield and Smutsville
Kapp was the previous sector commander of the rural sector and has a vast range of experience in sector policing. He joined the police in 1994 and served the SAPS in various capacities.
The role of a sector commander is to manage and coordinate all crime-related activities in the sectors. It is also important to interact with the community, establish police subforums and foster cooperation with community safety structures in the sector. Recruiting neighbourhood watch volunteers and establishing community safety structures is one of their key objectives.
Metu said these appointments will enhance service delivery and strengthen the partnership with the community.
“All sector commanders must be accessible to the community and they must work closely with like-minded stakeholders to increase the safety levels in their various sectors,” he said. –
Sergeant Abraham Zondeka, sector 4
Warrant Officer Hugo Beukes, sector 5
Warrant Officer Petrus Kapp, sector 6