WC cops ready for New Year's festivities

Authorities are out in full force ahead of New Year’s Eve and New Year's Day celebrations.

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CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape's acting police commissioner says 16,000 officers have been deployed across the province this festive season.

Authorities are out in full force ahead of New Year's Eve and New Year's Day celebrations.

The province's police officers have already had a busy few weeks.

The province's police officers have already had a busy few weeks and with New Year's Eve, News Year's Day and the Tweede Nuwe Jaar celebrations looming.

Acting Provincial Commissioner, Gary Kruser, admits they've had to stretch their resources.

"Our team, together with Metro Police and law enforcement officials from the City, will have a wider presence. We've taken a lot of people out of the office and we've drawn them into the provincial intervention team to deal with some of the issues. We've also used the students to do a lot of the mall patrols."

He adds around 200 police reservists have also been roped in to help.

Ongoing initiatives like Operation Fiela and Operation Combat have also been intensified in gang hotspots such as Hanover Park and Lavender Hill.