BY REGINALD KANYANE
THE newly-built police station at Keimos in the Northern Cape was officially opened on Thursday. Police spokesperson, Vishnu Naidoo said this was in line with the South African Police Service’s commitment.
“Our objective is to improve public access to policing services all over the country. This further more forms part of our role in fulfilling the implementation of the National Development Plan.
“We seek to ensure greater access and improvement in the quality of public services as this is critical to achieve transformation. The station falls within the Upington cluster in Northern Cape,” Nadioo said.
He also added that the police station will serve an estimated 23 000 citizens. Nadioo further said the opening of this state of the art police station is one facet of improving service delivery.
“The need for the new police station has been identified in 1999. The subsequent engagements led to the building of the station. The project was completed and handed over by public works department September 30 back in 2014.
The police station was put in use from December 1 in 2014.
SAPS acting national commissioner, Lieutenant General Kgomotso Phahlane urged the local community to work closely with the police. Phahlane said the community members need to be part of community policing forum.
“The relevant community policing structures will assist greatly in addressing crimes that are prevalent in that area. Crime like assault, theft, housebreaking, stock theft, murder, rape and drug-related crimes are rife.
“We are planning on intensifying our projects. We want to implement projects like drug-awareness campaigns, school projects, rural safety awareness and domestic violence campaigns,” he said.
“We will achieve progress by skilling and training our members. Adapting to new ways of policing in a democratic society is not an event, but an ongoing process. This needs to be aligned with the contemporary needs of transforming our organisation. Some of the areas which have just received their own police stations are in KwaZulu-Natal, North-West, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Western Cape,” he said.
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