Statement: Crime prevention and combating tops SAPS agenda

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The release of last year’s crime statistics positioned the SAPS on the positive platform in its resolve to combat crime at its remnants. The presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Police on Programme 2 (Visible Policing, Protection and Security Services) detailed the priorities and targets for the next financial year to address and fight crime in the country more especially in reducing serious and violent crimes and crimes against women and children amongst others.

The SAPS is making serious inroads in the reduction of Drug proliferation and substance abuse thus responding to the call by the president in the State of the Nation Address. The targets set for the next financial year are almost met and significant impact will be made in ensuring that the scourge of substance abuse is dealt with decisively together with the communities.  

Sector policing for increased police visibility has yielded desired results in the fight against crime throughout the country during the FIFA World Cup and festive season operations particularly in Gauteng Province which generates a bigger percentage in crime as compared to other provinces. A principled decision has been taken to maintain the force levels in terms of deployment in Gauteng province and on a needs driven mechanism in other provinces.

The protection of VIPs’ and National Key Points remains a priority of the SAPS hence in this instance targets are set in ensuring a reduction in security breaches.  Momentous progress has been made in addressing outstanding applications for firearms licenses and the deadline of end of July as set by the Minister will be met.

A huge percentage of the SAPS budget is allocated to Visible Policing – this talks directly to the core function of serving and protecting South Africans by detecting, preventing and combating crime with a full understanding that operational members at station level are at the critical point of service delivery hence resources and personnel are challenged accordingly to carry this function with pride and vigour.
31 March 2011

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