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Community policing strategy launched

The Launch of the provincial Community Policing Strategy took place on the 21st September in De Aar, headed by the South African Police Service and the Northern Cape Provincial Community Police Board.

The aim is to create a crime free Northern Cape by prioritizing the safety and security of communities through promoting cooperation between the police force and different communities. The South African police services would like to regain trust within the communities through active community policing, crime prevention activities and consultation. During the launch the MEC for Transport, Safety & Liaison, Ms Nontobeko Vilakazi explained that policing could be much more targeted and effective through following integrated approaches to policing and enhancement of partnerships between the SAPS and various government departments and community role players.

The Community Policing Strategy will serve as a structured methodology in the implementation of the larger Northern Cape Crime Prevention Strategy and draw from past experiences and trends and include collaboration and responses from all Departments in the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Cluster, as well as other organs of state.

The underlying success of the Community Policing Strategy is outreach work, especially at schools, the building of resistance towards delinquency amongst youth, communication of strategies and the building of Community Police Forums at all levels.

On the same day the Community in Blue Concept, which stems from the National Development Plan 2030 was also launched. It is based on the premise that long term sustainable safety can only be achieved through integrated approaches focused on tackling fundamental causes of criminality, which requires a wider range of resources and active citizens.

The Department of Transport Safety and Liaison would like to promote and encourage the reporting of criminal activities and suspicious behaviour in communities, coupled with increased police visibility and active community participation with the Community in Blue volunteers who account to the Community Police Forum on crime fighting activities. The concept also moves towards higher levels of structure, accountability and direction in how members are involved with community policing, including necessary support and training.

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