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REPORTS (9 June 2009)
Report from Station Commissioner and his management.
Resources were adequate and additional vehicles and additional manpower and resources could only be expected closer to the Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup.
Challenges included empty houses and rental properties that were over populated, specifically in the Lewisham area where house breaking had increased by 200% and opportunistic crimes were evident. Properties had been identified and were under surveillance.
Report from Metro
Andrew Miller (JMPD Region 4) reported that roadblocks were delivering the desired results. Missing number plates, licence disks and speedsters were being regarded as serious offences and culprits were being charged.
Melville Kopje and the Beyers Naude/ Judith Road intersection had experienced a huge increase in Smash & Grab incidents and is receiving special attention.
The system is onerous as follows:
The process is repeated without final conclusion and was considered unacceptable.
A JMPD member was shot in Roodepoort during a suspicious person response call. Joint operations between SAPS, the flying squad and JMPD were regular occurrences and members were reminded to call for back-up immediately on receiving such calls to ensure support by experienced fully trained field officers.
Report from Johannesburg Central Cluster / CPF Provincial Board
No meetings have taken place during the last month of the CPF Cluster and Dr Karim was unfortunately not available due to work demands to provide an update.
Message boards were continuously updated with warning messages to keep the community informed. The maintenance of these boards was being handled by the Security Forum in conjunction with the security companies.
Use of Cellular phones at intersections, encouraged smash & grab incidents and residents should repeatedly be reminded to be more vigilant at all times and to close their windows and lock doors when driving.
Business robberies had stabilised and there had been a marked increase in arrests and court appearances where bail had been refused due to excellent Police and intelligence work during May and June.
The Fairland Kopje is receiving continuous attention, as it has been raised by both residents and the FRRA. The JMPD had offered their support
R/. Supt Mark Ishlove reported that the team of Reservists had delivered 640 hours in duty time over the past month and there were currently 26 active members in Fairland.
A monthly target of 40 arrests had been set and to date 37 had been made.
Supt Moichela was praised by Supt Ishlove for setting a shining example in the professional manner and methodology he applied in combating crime. This also related specifically to criminal activities committed by the “elite in society” who believed they were above the law. His instincts and actions were based on solid intelligence and had delivered excellent results.
Potential Reservist recruits were being kept on ice and being groomed to be ready for the lifting of the moratorium. The proven system involving Psychometric testing and evaluation criteria was being re-introduced to ensure the quality of future recruits.
Report from Security Forum Meetings
The Security Forum and Sector Policing were operating smoothly with support from security companies. A Memorandum of Agreement was being promulgated for approval by the Station Commissioner to improve communication systems and integrate support.
Urban Security Sub Committee Report.
The various proposals had been considered and a revised presentation detailing the concept had been prepared by Mr. Deale and distributed to the sub-committee members inviting participation.
Once agreed, this would be presented to the CPF Exco for ratification. \General.
Clinton Matheson raised some interesting points regarding the community support in other precincts and their success in delivering a solution to combat crime. A number of these issues had been investigated by the Urban Security sub- committee and would be taken into account during the development of the Fairland Concept.
The major issue would be poor support from members of the community and motivating them to commit to a sustainable long term project.
Victim support was still being provided and a section of the station board room was used to counsel trauma victims. An article had appeared in the NMT offering counseling at a fee which was not part of the free Fairland CPF/ SAPS service. This was supervised by Mollie Pearmain on behalf of the station and the CPF. Mollie was on leave until September 2009 and was unavailable for comment.