The City of Cape Town’s Safety and Security Directorate presented its Metropolitan Police Department’s Annual Police Plan to Provincial Parliament today.
This comes after a successful week in which 201 arrests took place, including the confiscation of an illegal firearm by a wanted suspect. Four additional cases of possession of illegal firearms and attempted murder of a police officer formed part of this.
“The work by the Metro Police Department is widely known for its Traffic Service Operations and Law Enforcement Services, but their crucially important work with regard to Crime Prevention is known to a much lesser extent.
“Adding to its strong security efforts, the City today revealed a visionary crime prevention strategy under the Special Operations Division, which includes a K9 Unit, the Gang & Drug Task Team, and a Tactical Response Unit,” said MPP Reagen Allen.
The City also plans to conduct 2 060 crime-orientated operations in high risk areas to improve safety, including responses from drug dealing to other violent crimes in its targets for the 2021/2022 Financial Year.
In addition, the City is responsible for the firearm management of all metro police and city government owned Firearms and Ammunition within the City of Cape Town, and performs 12 verification audits annually.
In partnership with the Western Cape Government and the City of Cape Town, over 1 000 additional Learner Law Enforcement Officers will be deployed across the Metro and specifically in crime hotspot areas by the end of the year.
The DA in the Western Cape will use oversight measures and closely monitor the performance of the department during the year, as well as its collaboration with the SAPS in the interest of creating a safer Western Cape.