Community participation critical in fighting crime

Members of the community in Old Naledi PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Members of the community in Old Naledi PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

Members of the public have been asked to join hands with the police to help eliminate crime. This was said by the Acting Police Commissioner, Phemelo Ramakorwane at the launch of the 60 Days of Action on Crime and Road Safety in Bobonong recently.

Ramakorwane said community involvement in the fight against crime is an essential tool to curb escalating crime incidents. He stated that the police are trying hard to curb crime but they could only achieve much success with community involvement. Ramakorwane also emphasised that people should stop pushing the narrative that the police are not doing enough to fight crime.

He further revealed that there have been comments that the public safety and security authorities are not doing enough to fight crime. “Comments of this nature fail to recognise a shared responsibility in crime prevention because even if you put more police officers on the streets, law enforcement alone will never be enough. It is members of the public that can provide the police with the relevant information and report the dangers that lurk in their neighbourhood hence pleading with them to be the eyes and ears of the police towards crime reduction,” Ramakorwane said.

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