Peace officers deployed in Cape Winelands as part of province’s safety plan
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Cape Town – Sixty-four peace and transportation officials will begin their operations in the Cape Winelands district today to assist local law enforcement and police in Worcester, Robertson and Ceres.
The 64 newly sworn officers will do a year-long internship as part of an expanded public works program in their local communities.
Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz said the officers’ deployment was part of the Western Cape safety plan.
Fritz said: “The implementation of our municipal security plan in rural communities and district communities was made possible by the implementation of the district and local authorities’ security plans. These have been developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Community Security, local and regional communities.
“Our graduates will not work in silos. Training and deploying our peace and transport officers will increase the capacity of aspiring law enforcement officers in vulnerable and rural communities.
“They are deployed under the supervision of the chief of law enforcement in the community and help reduce local crime. In addition, the community law enforcement agencies work closely with the police in the rural communities where they are deployed. “
Meanwhile, police arrested several suspects on the subway for illegal possession of firearms and live ammunition.
The first arrest was made in Leyden, Delft, where police were approached while on patrol by a woman who had been stabbed by a man.
Police spokesman FC van Wyk said: “The police were on patrol yesterday morning at around 2am when a woman approached them and complained that a man had just stabbed them.
The officers immediately dealt with the complaint and when they got closer to the suspect, the complainant identified him. The suspect, a 22-year-old man, was found in possession of a 9mm Norinco pistol with seven cartridges. “
In another incident, the police arrested a taxi owner from Kraaifontein who was in possession of a 9 mm pistol with 14 cartridges.
“The police were conducting a special operation to combat extortion in Delft and while they were stopping and searching they ran over a Datsun vehicle. The suspect was inside with his girlfriend and upon further inspection, police discovered a 9mm pistol with 14 cartridges.
“It was alleged that he was escaping an imminent threat from other taxi companies. Both suspects will appear in Bellville Magistrate’s Court for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, ”Van Wyk said.