Po­li­ce launch Fa­ce­book pa­ge

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A new Fa­ce­book group for the Graaff-rei­net SAPS was set up last T­hurs­day and al­re­a­dy has mo­re than 300 mem­bers.

Du­ring dis­cus­si­ons with Capt Neil Co­lyn, Cst Ru­che A­dolph, the sta­ti­on’s Com­mu­ni­ty Po­li­ce Of­fi­cer, re­a­li­sed the need for the po­li­ce to be a­ble to com­mu­ni­ca­te quick­ly and ef­fecti­ve­ly with mem­bers of the com­mu­ni­ty.

“So­ci­al me­dia is be­co­ming in­cre­a­singly im­por­tant in to­day’s wor­ld, and to be a­ble to com­mu­ni­ca­te quick­ly with our com­mu­ni­ty is a gre­at help,” said Cst A­dolph.

She sees ma­ny ro­les for the group, in­clu­ding gi­ving in­for­ma­ti­on on fort­hco­ming e­vents and e­du­ca­ting the com­mu­ni­ty on re­le­vant laws. This week, in re­spon­se to re­que­sts from mem­bers of the com­mu­ni­ty, fi­re­works we­re con­fis­ca­ted from ma­ny u­naut­ho­ri­sed sel­lers, and the group was u­sed to in­form the pu­blic that the­re is in fact on­ly one li­cen­sed de­a­ler in fi­re­works in Graaff-rei­net.

Re­spon­se to the re­cent bomb thre­at in to­wn is a­not­her ex­am­ple of the po­wer of so­ci­al me­dia w­hen the Ad­ver­ti­ser was as­ked to post a war­ning on its Fa­ce­book pa­ge for the pu­blic to keep a­way from the af­fected a­rea.

One of the first pos­ts on the new SAPS group is a very po­wer­ful vi­deo, fe­a­tu­ring Graaff-rei­net Sta­ti­on Com­man­der Co­lo­nel Jo­na­than van der R­hee­de. He de­mon­stra­tes cle­ar­ly how a car’s re­mo­te con­t­rol locking de­vi­ce can very e­a­si­ly be jam­med by cri­mi­nals u­sing a mo­re po­wer­ful re­mo­te, such as for a ga­te or hou­se a­larm. One mem­ber of the group com­men­ted that she had he­ard a­bout this ma­ny ti­mes, but not re­al­ly ta­ken any no­ti­ce – but af­ter wa­t­ching the vi­deo with Col van der R­hee­de’s cle­ar ex­pla­na­ti­on, she would be su­re to dou­ble check that her car was loc­ked in fu­tu­re!

A­not­her functi­on of the group that Cst A­dolph plans to en­coura­ge is to ad­vi­se the pu­blic a­bout goods held in the SAPS sto­re. The­re are ma­ny va­lu­a­ble i­tems wai­ting to be clai­med which can­not be lin­ked to an o­w­ner, as of­ten no ca­se has been o­pe­ned. I­tems pos­ted this week in­clu­de a bag of po­wer tools and a tent. Ob­vi­ous­ly, a­nyo­ne clai­ming the goods will need p­roof of o­w­ners­hip.

Cst A­dolph is very ent­hu­si­as­tic a­bout the ad­van­ta­ges of ha­ving the group, and alt­hough the­re are still a few ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­ve is­su­es to be i­ro­ned out, this is cer­tain­ly a po­si­ti­ve in­te­racti­on be­t­ween the po­li­ce and the com­mu­ni­ty of Graaff-rei­net.

The group is cal­led sim­ply Graaff-rei­net SAPS and can be found u­sing the fol­lo­wing link https://www.fa­ce­book.com/ groups/328258271086259/?ref=br_rs

The lo­cal po­li­ce re­cent­ly laun­ched their own Fa­ce­book pa­ge.

The stilt-wal­king group, Gau­teng Spe­ci­al Per­for­mers, are look­ing for young­sters in Graaff-rei­net to te­ach an u­nu­su­al skill - that of stilt-wal­king.

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