Join in the fight against crime

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    Sergeant Tlamela of the Midrand police talks a bit about Community Policing Forums and how you can get involved in the fight against crime.

    Community Policing Forums (CPF) were set up to involve all local stakeholders and key organisations in local policing, according to Sergeant Matome Tlamela of the Midrand Police Station.

    Tlamela commented on CPFs as parts of Fourways (Kyalami, Blue Hills, Glenferness and Barbarque Downs) that fall under the Midrand station, which has its own CPF. “They meet regularly with the officers in charge of the local police station and discuss problems and solutions to crime in their area.

    “The adoption of community policing did not only turn around the crime situation but changed the way the South African Police Service (SAPS) addresses crime.”

    Tlamela added that for community policing to be successful, it is important for members of the community to realise and accept that they also have a social and moral obligation to assist and support the police in the fight against crime, and other forms of social disorder. “With the support and involvement of the community, the police will be in a position to meet the safety and security needs of the country.”

    Community organisations and development workers have to cooperate with Community Policing Forums to mobilise community support in the fight against crime.

    This includes:

    • Identifying crime hot spots and informing the police about problems
    • Reporting any information on wanted suspects and illegal firearms
    • Visiting schools with the SAPS to speak to learners and teachers
    • Running awareness campaigns on the community’s role to fight crime
    • Mobilising civil society organisations to become active members of the community police forum.
    • Supporting the police in crime prevention initiatives
    • Monitoring police service delivery
    • Providing possible solutions or alternatives to constantly strengthen partnerships and improve service delivery.

     

    Community participation and support in the fight against crime can save lives. To get involved with the Midrand CPF, why not attend their next public meeting?

    Here are two upcoming meetings where you can get involved in community safety:

    • Complex forum meeting

    Date: 20 February

    Time: midday until 1pm

    Venue: SAPS Midrand boardroom (Block A)

    • Shopping complex meeting

    Date: 20 February

    Time 10 am – 11 am

    Venue: SAPS Midrand boardroom (Block A)

    Details: The Midrand CPF Facebook page