Law en­forcers' pub­lic pres­ence ex­panded

Vuk'uzenzele - - Safetygaenedrsaelcurity - Nonku­l­uleko Mathe­bula

tHE GAUt­ENG govern­ment is step­ping up ef­forts to keep res­i­dents safe.

the Gaut­eng Lo­cal Govern­ment has handed over 200 high-per­for­mance ve­hi­cles and 75 mo­tor­bikes to law en­force­ment of­fi­cers in Soweto. The ve­hi­cles and mo­tor­bikes are in­tended to fight crime and in­crease po­lice vis­i­bil­ity.

The ve­hi­cles were handed over by Gaut­eng Premier David Makhura, who said that the fleet will go a long way in achiev­ing the pro­vin­cial govern­ment’s tar­get of re­duc­ing crime by 50 per­cent in pri­or­ity po­lice precincts. The fleet will be used by both po­lice of­fi­cers and traf­fic of­fi­cers alike.

“We have iden­ti­fied 12 pri­or­ity clus­ters and po­lice sta­tions in the prov­ince that con­trib­ute 50 per­cent of crime sta­tis­tics na­tion­ally.

“Our in­ten­tion is then to fo­cus on these clus­ters and sta­tions, to en­sure that they re­duce crime.”

Premier Makhura said spe­cial fo­cus will also be on crimes against women and chil­dren. “I urge law en­force­ment agen­cies in our prov­ince to make life dif­fi­cult for crim­i­nals. We don’t want rapists roam­ing around in our com­mu­ni­ties and do­ing as they please,” he said.

The fleet comes fit­ted with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing track­ers and boasts a num­ber plate recog­ni­tion sys­tem which will be able to de­tect if a car has been stolen or if the num­ber plates on it be­long to another car.

Jo­han­nes­burg Metro Po­lice Depart­ment Su­per­in­ten­dent Wayne Mi­naar said they are hop­ing to have more of­fi­cers out on the streets, mak­ing ar­rests and re­spond­ing to crime scenes a lot faster.

“They [the new ve­hi­cles] will add to the ex­ist­ing fleet and will en­hance the work of the of­fi­cers. We are glad that we will be able to use them in con­junc­tion with all the other law en­force­ment agen­cies in Gaut­eng,” said Mi­naar.

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