South Africa is divided into many policing precincts which are managed by a SA Police Station. Each precinct is divided into smaller sectors and each sector is divided into even smaller sub-sectors, blocks and streets. The suburbs Elardus Park, Rietvalleirand, Rietvallei Park, Waterkloof Agricultural Holdings, Wingate Park and Erasmus Park fall within the Lyttelton Police Station precinct and the area is designated Lyttelton Sector 4. A Community Policing Forum (CPF) in terms of the Interim Regulations for Community Police Forums and Boards (Sections 18-23 of the South African Police Service Act, Act No 68 of 1995;has been established to assist the SA Police in combating crime in our area. To achieve this it was necessary to establish an Operations Centre to manage the affairs of the CPSF.
The aim of the volunteer community action is to through pro-active initiatives effect a safer, open, friendlier and involved community. We aim to restore a sense of security among the residents in the area, create a safe environment and to create awareness of the unique crime problems in our area and finding solutions thereto.
In order to realise this we have….
Our Joint Operations Centre (JOC) is presently situated in room 102 of the Elardus Park Shopping Centre on the corner of Barnard Street and Delmas Road. The JOC is manned 24/7 by community volunteers, during normal working hours at the JOC and after hours from home where members are on stand-by. The JOC Duty officer has communication with the SAPS and is able to communicate with most emergency services in the area. Volunteers for 2-hour shifts are given the necessary training required to man the post.
A 24/7 radio network supported by a repeater station with dedicated frequencies ensuring wide and clear radio reception throughout the Lyttelton Sector 4 area is available to all members with personal radios.
Visible patrols are the biggest deterrent for criminals in a neighbourhood. More than 65 people are actively involved in patrolling our area according to a schedule with 2-hour shifts with rotating slots.
Ward Counciller buy in to help more efficient enforcement of municipal regulations by municipal police or metro police. This certainly helps in pressurising the latter through continuous liaison with the authorities to ensure that such services are indeed provided.
Crime Intel We collect crime information on an on-going basis in an attempt to determine emerging crime tendencies. We also liaise with neighbouring community safety networks and share information towards a holistic, pro-active solution.