Police matters

Tshwane's quest for safety and security

Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa congratulating new graduates
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City of Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa fulfilled another commitment he made during his State of the City Address: the graduation of 467 police trainees will help to build a safe, secure and livable city.

The trainees graduated at Pilditch Stadium earlier this month. They will dramatically increase the City’s law enforcement capacity and will be deployed immediately in designated wards on foot and bicycle patrols to tackle crime at a community level. The City will recruit another 1 000 metro police officers to realise its vision of ten metro police officers per ward.

Ramokgopa said the city is proud of making significant progress in terms of safety and security by addressing various critical issues to decrease the crime rate significantly.

“Pursuant to the ideal of a safe and secure city, we agreed to adopt the ward-based deployment of metro police with a view to turn around the metro police and increase police visibility as part of our efforts to fight crime and intensify by-law enforcement,” Ramokgopa added.

Ramokgopa emphasised the city’s medium-term goal to increase the number of metro police officers from the current 1 600 to 3 500 by 2014.

Ramokgopa said Tshwane needs better policing and the highest ethical standards to instil confidence and trust in the people of Tshwane, investors and neighbours.

“To this end and to complement this force, we will continue to expand the use of technology in our crime prevention strategies, and extend the deployment of CCTV cameras to most parts of the city and major public facilities,” concluded Ramokgopa.

To make sure the trainees are adequately equipped for the work, they undergo intensive and rigorous training for a period of 15 months. The training programmes are regarded as the best South African metro police training programmes.

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