SAPS launches integrated #SaferCities concept to tackle crime in SA #PartnershipPolicing KWAZULU-NATAL: The South African Police Service (SAPS) has launched a new crime fighting initiative to strengthen its efforts to fight crime in cities.
The Integrated Safer Cities Concept is a first of its kind to be implemented
in any City in South Africa .
The National Safer City Concept is also being piloted in other identified cities which aims to see law enforcement agencies integrating and maximizing on technology to fight crime more effectively.
This platform sees the introduction of the first of its kind fusion centre.
Its purpose is to maintain and establish a platform for information sharing through a collaborative approach amongst stakeholders through evidence led information.
In addition, this aims to provide an improved response to coordinated planning to deal with any eventuality.
Utilising state of the art technology, the fusion centre allows for integration of stakeholders from various disciplines, systems and software, coupled with extensive research and development.
The integrated approach forms part of the national crime prevention
strategy that seeks to present a model for safety planning through an integration of resources both from all stakeholders involved including SAPS as the lead department, local and metropolitan municipality safety departments, registered private security companies and community safety structures led by Community Policing Forums.
This concept not only focuses on the inner city and suburbs of cities but also the townships and rural communities through the Rural Safety Strategy, the Traditional Crime Prevention Programme with the introduction of community-based mounted police as well as the upcoming Royal Reserve Police.