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Sitole: New developments need to match SAPS resources

The top cop says uncontrolled development places an unnecessary burden on the police.

National Commissioner of Police, General Khehla Sitole. Picture: GCIS

PRETORIA - National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole has appealed to municipalities and government planners to involve the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the proposed developments.

The general was speaking in Boksburg at a summit into crime and violence.

The delegates are developing a strategy to implement the white paper on safety and security.

Sitole says uncontrolled development places an unnecessary burden on the police.

“You would do a work-study today [and] put the police station at the centre. You come there after three months, there are informal settlements 7 kilometres from the police station. The development beyond the police station is not coordinated.”

He says the police should play a role in planning commercial developments.

“… In SAPS we have work study practitioners they need to be part [of development] so that as the mall develops, we also plan the upgrading of the police resources.”

The general says too often the population outgrows the policing resources of an area.

COMMUNITY POLICING INITIATIVES

Sitole has stressed the importance of community policing initiatives, but he says they won’t be successful without adequate planning.

He says for community policing to be effective there must be a plan.

“You need to develop the community policing strategy [and] it must outline a deliverable approach into how do you implement community policing.”

Sitole says some municipalities do not have such plans in place.

“That’s where we need to see to it that some of them they do have that. And we also have instances where there’s a community safety forum but there is no community safety plan. Now the question is what are they doing?”

He says a youth crime prevention strategy works hand-in-hand with community policing initiatives.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)

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