Deployment of LEAP officers in Hanover Park and other crime hotspot areas

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Premier Alan Winde and MEC Albert Fritz visited Hanover Park this week to assess the work of LEAP officers since they were tasked to work in the area last year. 

The Law Enforcement Advancement Plan (LEAP) officers were deployed in Hanover Park in February 2020.

According to Western Cape Government statement, “they have made 153 arrests for crimes including possession of firearms (4 arrests), possession of illegal ammunition (2 arrests), possession of dangerous weapons (25 arrests), rape and sexual assault (1 arrest each), theft (6 arrests), dealing in drugs (2 arrests), domestic violence (3 arrests) and assault (3 arrests).”

Minister Fritz says he is proud of the work that has been achieved. He adds that the area has benefitted greatly as there has reportedly not been a shooting incident for nearly a month.

Winde says that safety has always been a great concern since he started his tenure as Premier and adds that while Covid-19 has halted some of the programmes they planned, he is committed to making residents feel safer.

“It is for this reason that we have stuck with our plans to roll out the next 500 LEAP officers in the Western Cape. During my visit today, I announced that the first 250 of these officers will begin training in April, to be deployed in July. The next 250 will begin training in July, for deployment this coming October,” Winde says.

The trained officers will make up various Area Based Teams (ABT) which will be deployed across 16 crime hotspots around the Western Cape, starting with Hanover Park.

“The ABT model aims to pool together safety resources such as our neighbourhood watches, CPFs, walking buses, police and law enforcement and other safety stakeholders to ensure that they can respond to crime by taking a data-driven and evidence-based approach. The ABT methodology emphasises that data-led evidence guides interventions. It will be an institutional mechanism that both coordinates and monitors all government interventions in a particular area and operationalizes service delivery interventions,” Minister Fritz says.

The Premier is expected to report on the Provincial Government’s safety commitment at the State of the Province Address on 17 February.