Questions answered at police meet-and-greet

Warrant Officer David Malan, Ruth Malan and Lieutenant Colonel Clive de Freitas on standby to help answer any questions the community has.

Residents had a chance to meet the people who ensure criminals are locked away behind bars and don’t run amok.

The Fairland Police Station along with the Fairland Community Police Forum (CPF) and victim support unit were joined by SCP Security at L Corro Shopping Centre. With a gazebo and police vehicles visible to the community, people could come and ask questions to those who work hardest to keep us safe.

Fairland CPF, SCP Security and Fairland police were the main attraction at the meet and greet at L Corro Shopping Centre.

Station Commander Lieutenant Colonel Clive de Freitas said they are trying to create awareness regarding crime tendencies in the area. “The residents can also get to know what our CPF is about as well as our victim support unit and patrollers.

“We want to keep our community informed to prevent them from becoming further victims of crime. Criminal activities are overtaking the police a bit and police are struggling with resources. So if the community is more aware and can protect themselves, it puts less of a burden on police.”

His sentiments were echoed by Clive Maher from SCP Security who added that they want to show the community they are there for them as well as support the police in their awareness campaigns. “There is a lot of crime taking place in our communities so the more security companies work hand in hand with the police, the more we will have successes against crime.

“This also shows the community that we are working hard and not sitting behind closed doors and doing nothing.”

Fairland CPF patrollers and victims support unit members Hanlee Fourie, Leanne Mechinacos, Bhaai Cassim, Dr Sally Rothemeyer and Mike Way.

Secretary of the CPF and captain of the CPF patrollers, Bhaai Cassim urged the community to join the CPF and be a part of keeping themselves and their communities safer. “This is the Fairland CPF initiative to engage with the public and come forward with any suggestions or concerns so we can improve the service we provide.

“The community was very receptive towards us. We have these meet-and-greet sessions at different shopping centres once a month. We are trying to fight crime and if we have the community’s support in that, we will get somewhere or else we are fighting a losing battle. We have a patrol programme to raise awareness and visibility.”

For more information, contact Bhaai Cassim on 082 443 2245.

Related article: Fairland Police Station and local CPF work together to fight crime

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