Community patrols keeping residents safe

King William’s Town Community Policing Forum (CPF) chairperson Desmond Coetzee has praised community safety patrollers for their dedication, commitments and determination in striving to keep their areas safe.

ON PATROL: Breidbach Sector Crime Forum and Daleview Neighbourhood Watch members are patrolling their communities in an effort to curb crime and safeguard their residents

Coetzee’s statement came after community sector forums and neighbourhood watches resumed their patrolsto help prevent crime in their areas.

“I’m ecstatic with the commitment, dedication and determination these patrollers have shown by sacrificing their time to keep their communities safe,” Coetzee said.

“I would also like to extend a word of gratitude to the King Police station commander Colonel Nomvuyo Mrwebi, our Community Policing Officer Constable Zintle Ndikolo and the rest of the staff for their assistance and cooperation in the line of duty of these patrollers.”

Coetzee said the initiatives started after the country entered Level 3. “Prior to starting their patrols, I made sure that all sector crime forums and neighbourhood watches complied to the health and safety standards,” Coetzee said.

“Breidbach Sector Crime Forum (BSCF) and Daleview Neighbourhood Watch (DNW) are, the most active groups of all other areas with regular patrols during the week and also on weekends.” DNW team leader Russell Westcott said the concept can work and has the potential of expanding into a whole lot of avenues.

Bernito Gosling is the team leader of BSCF and said there has been a definite change within their community since they started.

“Team work, communication and the cooperation are key and the residents are appreciative and applaud us which gives us the motivation to keep going,” said Gosling.


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