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The Northern Cape Provincial Community Policing Strategy was successfully launched in De Aar

VARIOUS structures, including Youth Against Crime, Women Against Crime and neighbourhood watches, have pledged their support and participation in the fight against crime in their respective communities in the Northern Cape this festive season.

This was revealed during a strategic meeting between the Northern Cape Policing Board, police management and the community structures on Saturday.

The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Risimati Shivuri, highlighted the importance of “policing partnerships” and the involvement of communities in the fight against crime.

Police spokesperson Captain Olebogeng Tawana said that all parties had promised to be vigilant and to do their part this festive season.

“The South African Police Service management, led by the provincial commissioner, has committed human and physical resources to enhance operational capabilities, aimed at combating crime throughout the Province. The Northern Cape Provincial Community Policing Strategy was successfully launched in De Aar at Nonzwakazi Stadium on September 21, 2019. The ‘Community In Blue’ concept was implemented and community patrollers were established, and are ready to be rolled out in the clusters to strengthen community patrols within the neighbourhoods in order to eradicate criminal activities,” said Tawana.