THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE SAPS, THE CPF AND THE COMMUNITY
Vaal Marina Community Policing Forum
The VMCPF was formed as a mutually beneficial co-operation between the Vaal Marina SAPS and the greater Vaal Marina Community.
In accordance with the South African Constitution each South African Police Services (SAPS) Police Station is obliged to establish its own Community Policing Forum (CPF)(2).
The Station Commissioner is an ex-officio member of the CPF and the Executive Committee is made of community members and must include a Chairman, a Treasurer, a Secretary and minimum number of general committee members. The community members of the CPF are voluntary and they work on various projects that include the monitoring of police performance, liaising with residents and business plus arranging regular public meetings to receive feedback as well as disseminate crime trends and provide advice on security.
Police Laws and Powers are unique to South Africa
We talk about the Supremacy of the Constitution. This means that the “C” is the highest law in the land. ALL laws, bills, acts, by laws, contracts or any other legal entity in the country is subject to supported by and must conform to the “C”.
The lack of street numbers is a serious impediment to the response time by the police.
If you have to call any emergency service to come to your house, it’s pretty much because you have exactly that. Urgency for someone to come and help you in your time of need. Be it ambulance, police or fire department, you want them to get to you as quickly as possible. Whether it is a criminal forcing his way into your family home, or a relative having a heart attack, we all know that seconds count. You know where you live, the police don’t. If by misfortune, the day dawns that you need help to come quickly, Thanks to the neighbourhood watch they will be able to find your house, because outside the driveway, not obscured by vegetation, and not half on the neighbour’s side of the fence, is a large, bright yellow house number that can be seen, in the day or the night.
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Contact: Kevin Prinsloo
Cell: 083 4008758
Vaal Marina CPF meetings are held in the Council Chamber of the Community Center at 17h00 for 17h15 the meeting is always on the last Thursday of every month until further notice and the AGM is to be held on the Last Thursday of JUNE.
“police are the people and people are the police”