The annual general meeting and election of the executive committee for the next five-year term of the Kuils River Community Policing Forum (CPF) took place on Thursday 20 February.
CPF elections were due to take place in November last year but were cancelled across the province after the provincial police commissioner placed a moratorium on elections last October.
The moratorium, following a dispute between the Community Policing Board (CPB) of the Western Cape and the provincial department of community safety about legalities around directives issued by the department to regulate CPF elections, were recently lifted.
Col Jayce Naidoo, station commander of Kuils River police, said at the meeting the local police serve a large policing area of almost 40 square kilometres and a community of around 107 000 people.
The area consists of 45 suburbs and mini-suburbs and is split up into four sectors.
“We focus on a four-pillar approach to address crime reduction – back to basics, service delivery, partnerships, and a focussed approach.”
Naidoo touched on sector policing, leadership, performance management and the role of partnerships between the police and the CPF, armed response companies, neighbourhood watches and ward councillors, and the role of public participation programmes.
With regards to a focussed approach he mentioned high density operations conducted at crime hotspots and the aim to maximise resources together with the partners against crime.
Here the communication between neighbourhood watches and sector managers to identify hotspots and the analysis of crime patterns play a key role in intelligence-driven operations. Naidoo gave a brief comparison of crime reported over the past 10 months and the previous two financial years (from 1 April 2018). He said contact crimes are currently on the decrease, but common assault and assault with the intent to do grievously bodily harm are stubborn crime that are not coming down.
“These are difficult to police especially when it occurs in-house.” Property crime showed a small decrease, but there was a slight increase in residential burglaries and theft out of vehicles, said Naidoo. In the past 10 months 22 arrests were made for the illegal possession of firearms, mostly due to intelligence received, said Naidoo.Naidoo said thus far 496 drug related cases have been reported.Kuils River police works in close partnership with both the provincial and the City of Cape Town’s traffic departments. In the past 10 months 232 people were arrested for drunken driving. On trio crimes, which include house robberies, business robberies, and car and truck jackings, Naidoo said they have seen an increase and this “could have been better.”Naidoo thanked Dulcie Jansen for a great job done in the short period she stood in as interim CPF chair since October, and Claudio Daniels who were vice-chair, of the outgoing committee, as well as the provincial commissioner and the cluster commander for their support towards Kuils River police.
New chairClive Hendricks from Mabille Park, whose been the sector 2 subforum chair since 2018, was elected as the new CPF executive committee chair on Thursday.
Hendricks said his main aim as chair will be service to the sector forums and the neighbourhood watch organisations with an outcome-based perspective. “We need to improve the relationship between the community, organisations and the police. Synergy needs to be created between all the various role players to curb crime. The bottom line is the CPF should serve the community and not the other way around.”Hendricks was born in Cape Town but spend most of his life in Beaufort West where he also matriculated. He returned to Cape Town in 2010 and have been living in Mabille Park since 2018. He says God and his family comes first.
“I love animals and people and have always been involved in community work.” Hendricks is married to Velma.
They have three children – Grant, Margo and Clive jnr, and five grandchildren who give them great joy, he says.He is currently working in the banking industry but worked in various government departments for 18 years. “I am also a lay preacher and have been a licenced marriage officer for more than 20 years – currently at the New Apostolic Church in Sarepta.” Hendrick says he does not tolerate chaos and the rights of those less fortunate are very important to him.
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