Community Policing Forum
Since the promulgation of legislation allowing for the formation of Community Policing Forums (CPFs), the Yeoville community has played its part in trying to work with the South African Police Services (SAPS) to combat crime and create a safer community for the people of Yeoville Bellevue and Observatory. Yeoville Bellevue in particular faces many challenges.
Metro Cops Cleaning up the streets With a history of poor urban management, a constantly changing population and an inadequate police station, it is not easy for the SAPS to control the crime situation in Yeoville Bellevue, nor is it easy for the CPF to play an effective role in this regard. Nevertheless, the members of the CPF continue to work for a crime-free area and the Chairperson is proud of their efforts. According to The Chairperson, the purpose of the CPF is ‘to assist the police to effectively fight crime, while at the same time, ensure that the community has a say in the policing services provide by the SAPS”. He goes further to say that “to date, the CPF has not only worked with the Yeoville SAPS, but has also had the active participation of the Johannesburg Municipal Police Department (JMPD) in working towards a law-abiding citizenry in Yeoville Bellevue.” One of the focuses of the JMPD in this regard is the impounding of illegally parked vehicles that are obstructing traffic and pedestrians. This includes the removal and impounding of vehicles that have been left untouched in a public space for an extended period of time.
This year, the CPF has hosted a number of community meetings. Chief amongst these was the one that discussed the xenophobic attacks in Alexandra and other areas of the province and the country.
“We’ve never had a problem of xenophobic attacks in the Yeoville Bellevue area,” says ths chairman, “but they could happen at any time. It is therefore important for the CPF and the community at large to work with the SAPS to make sure that such attacks never take place.”
The Yeoville Police Station area of operation is divided into three sectors. Each sector has a sector manager from within the SAPS. There are monthly sector meetings. The public will be kept informed about the dates of these meetings, both through public posters and leaflets, but also through the pages of publications such as yeovue news. The sectors provide an opportunity for community members to get actively involved in combating crime in their own areas. Cooperation within sectors in this and other areas has resulted in a significant decrease in crime. As has been noted above, effective policing in Yeoville Bellevue is hampered by the fact that the SAPS operate from an inadequate police station. The CPF has historically worked to persuade the authorities to build or acquire a new station, one which is large enough to house both the uniformed and detective branches - the detective branch currently works nearly two kilometres away from the main police station. A decision has been taken to build a new police station, but various problems have arisen, preventing construction from starting. The community is currently working with the SAPS to find out what is holding up the building of the police station - the latest information is that the Department of Public Works needs to give the go-ahead. Anyone who is interested in working with the CPF is welcome to contact the Chairman on 072 1112901. yeovue news will keep readers up-to-date with meeting dates and other useful information related to the CPF and its work. All residents and people working in the area are encouraged to work with the CPF. Crime affects all of us and the more people who work to get rid of crime, the more likely it is that the fight for a safe and free country will be won.