SAPS engages with community in Makhanda #CommunityOutreach EASTERN CAPE - The South African Police Service brought a number of stakeholders together in Makhanda in an effort to address different issues relating to crime in the area.
When the Eastern Cape SAPS Management engaged with community leaders in
Makhanda on 10 October 2020, it was agreed that an intervention programme, that would bring harmony in the area, be organised .
Different activities took place around Makhanda on 23 and 24 October 2020, where members of the community was engaged personally to hear their concerns regarding criminality in the area.
The two-day initiative aimed at building relations between the SAPS and community.
The South African Police was represented by different offices, units and structures, inclusive of Inspectorate, Social Crime Prevention, Family, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS), Corporate Communication and Liaison, Crime Intelligence, Junior Management Core, Women's Network and Men For Change.
The programme comprised of different phases, in an effort to ensure effective engagement with the communities of Makhanda.
campaigns and mini-gatherings were conducted and considered as effective mechanisms to enhance community engagement, and also obtain immediate feedback.
There were also meetings in-between, which aimed at formulating strategies and approach to engage the community.
Department of Social Development and community structures were primary stakeholders in all the processes.
Community Policing Forum also played an integral part in ensuring the success and impact of the initiative.
The communities of different areas around Makhanda were very pleased to have opportunity to interact with the police, so as to address misunderstanding relating to fighting crime in their respective environments.
The programme was concluded on Saturday, 24 October 2020 by operational activities that shook Makhanda Central Business District (CBD).
The activities included liquor outlets raids and stop and searches.