Launch of the “Country in Blue” police visibility operation at KZN
DURBAN – THE POLICE unveiled new policing strategies which they hope will increase police visibility and crack down on crime.
This weekend, they launched the police visibility operation “Country in blue”, a national initiative, on Saturday at the Inanda police station.
In attendance were the Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele, Deputy Minister of Police Cassel Mathale and the National Commissioner of SAPS General Khehla Sitole, among others.
Police said the Inanda Police Station recorded the highest rates of contact crimes such as sex offenses and murder over the years.
Cele called for better collaboration between communities and the police.
“The police have changed and this means that the police stations are no longer the center of the police, the streets should be the center of the police. More boots and blue lights on the ground not only mean that the police are visible at all times to deter crime, but the police should also be quick to respond to the needs of the communities, ”he said.
Sitole said the ‘Country in Blue’ concept was one of many crime-fighting strategies aimed at maximizing police visibility.
SAPS wanted to be everywhere all the time, he said, adding that drone police would be introduced in certain areas to ensure visibility.
“This is an attempt to normalize and stabilize problem areas or hot spots like this. Our slogan is to reduce the space for criminals through a declaration of psychological warfare, by being everywhere all the time. They will have nowhere to go, ”Sitole said.
The visibility strategy was an integrated and collaborative approach, working closely with all security forces, civil society and government agencies, he said.
Police said as part of this concept, all operational SAPS vehicles on the road would have their blue emergency warning lights on from sunset to sunrise – 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
“Under the theme, Extending Our Reach Through Blue Light Visibility, its overall goal is to prevent and combat a multitude of crimes which include the 17 crimes reported by the community; GBVF, aggravated thefts such as carjacking, commercial and residential thefts commonly referred to as trio crimes as well as the search for wanted suspects and the proliferation of firearms, ”SAPS said in a statement.
Police called on citizens and people living in the country to take an active role in preventing and combating crime by naming the criminals within the communities.
This information can be brought to the attention of SAPS via the MySAPS application which can be downloaded on any smartphone or by calling the Crime Stop number on 0860010111.