PRESENTATION TO ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY POLICE FORUM Alexandra Police Station Wednesday 24 July 2002. PROPOSAL SECTOR POLICING / VISIBLE POLICING. PROPOSAL –VISIBLE POLICING. 1. BACKGROUND Community Policing
ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY POLICE FORUM
Alexandra Police Station
Wednesday 24 July 2002
SECTOR POLICING / VISIBLE POLICING
Meadowdale / Bedfordview have sustained sector policing, or visible policing as it is known, since 1999 with remarkable results. Within three months of introducing sector policing, crime in Bedfordview was reduced by 35,4%. It is now the best police station (in crime reduction terms) in Eastern Gauteng, which is the most effective area in Gauteng.
We have a growing partnership programme raising well over R100 000 a month. This model deploys six BMWs, with one in reserve, patrolling 5 sectors, 12 hours a day, every day of the week (see Blueprint for Policing and Sector Policing Press Kit).
6 vehicles are required.
* depending on budget
7. FINANCIAL PLAN
Based on the principle that the visible policing model will be adapted at one Presidential station or a police station with adequate resources in the first instance, businesses would not have to fund police vehicles or office equipment to run a community base office. Assuming the community is allocated an office – we would probably have to provide this office with office equipment, furniture and stationery in order to remain independent and therefore properly evaluate and monitor the police service delivery.
(ii) community office at police station
(iii) weekly newsletter for communicating between the community and police.
10. ROLL OUT
10.1 Meadowdale Sector visible policing implemented 1999 crime down 7½% whilst surrounding areas escalates ±35 - 45%.
10.2 Bedfordview Police Station 35% crime reduction within 3 months of visible policing being introduced.
10.3 1 Police Station in Gauteng area in pilot project to test model with firm crime reduction targets in 6 months - Dec 2002.
10. ROLL OUT(continued)
10.4 In addition to this top down Government approach, there is tremendous potential to spread this model across communities in Gauteng, supported by local business.
- a professional approach incorporating the experiences of the Meadowdale sector and Bedfordview Police Station’s visible policing model is underway.
- a video and step-by-step guide to support establishing community and SAPS partnership is underway.