Kuils River crime fighters get certified

Department of Police Oversight and Community Safety MEC Reagan Allen and Brantwood neighbourhood watch chairperson Dalene Martins pose with the certificate recognising the Kuils River crime-fighting structure.

The Brantwood and Kalkfontein neighbourhood watches were among new crime-fighting structures accredited with certificates by the Department of Police Oversight and Community Safety, at the Parow Civic Centre, on Wednesday.

There are now 451 accredited neighbourhood watches across the province, and they’re eligible for allocations of starter kits, free training and funding from the provincial government, according to Police Oversight and Community Safety MEC Reagan Allen.

Brantwood Neighbourhood Watch chairwoman Dalene Martins said the event also provided information on dealing with domestic violence; the Protection of Personal Information Act, the police ombudsman and liquor regulations.

Mr Allen said the event helped him to see what was happening on the ground.

“The contributions of neighbourhood watches are invaluable as they are a critical cog in our crime-fighting efforts. I’d also like to congratulate the neighbourhood watches who received their official accreditation certificates, and it’s pleasing to note how this volunteer base is growing,” he said.