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Police, CPF do walkabout, chat to Roodewal residents

Members of the police led by Captain Gerrit Dippenaar in partnership with the Community Police Forum (CPF), as well as the Community Development Workers (CDW) of the Breede Valley Municipality held a walkabout with pamphlet distribution in Roodewal Community on Friday 1 February.

According to a statement released by the local police spokesperson, Captain Lindikhaya Mkhontwana, the walkabout was prompted by a number of recent murders that were motivated by domestic violent actions.

“In one way this has been a reaction to the high levels of murders recently. The whole concept of visible policing is very important and this is one way of reaching out to the community on foot and interacting with them,” says the chairperson of Community Policing Forum, Russell Cupido.

According to Cupido the first walkabout for the year was a success with more to come.

This exercise is to put the presence of the police out there, to connect with people and build relations with them
Russel Cupido - CPF

“ I think one of the biggest challenges that all police stations face is the relationships with the communities that are not solid enough. The CPF can help in strengthening this relationship,” adds Cupido. “One of the very worrying things is that there are so many young people that are supposed to be in school, but are not. Yes, it is not easy, but we really have to make more of an effort to get those children to school. Another very worrying thing is teen pregnancy in school,” says Cupido.

All the concerns that were raised by the community, particularly at the Roodewal flats, were addressed by both parties. The police together with the CPF handed out flyers with information about domestic violence and what to do in those situations as well as how to report different crimes. “When you walk, and you take the time to talk to the residents you are on their level and you can build a connection and relationship with them easier. This is definitely a positive thing and observation is good because this is how you gain understanding,” says Cupido.

“The community engagement by the stakeholders was very positive and fruitful,” says Captain Mkhontwana.

The next walkabout will take place in Avianpark at about 09:00 on Friday 8 February.

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