SAPS Announces An Initiative To Raise Police Visibility

The South African Police Service is looking to have more boots on the ground to combat crime through a collaborative effort between security forces, civil society organisations, and government institutions.




Aimed at increasing police presence throughout the country, the South African Police Service launched a campaign named "Country in Blue" on Saturday this past week.

The launch took place at Inanda policing precinct in Durban, an area that is well known for high rates of contact crimes, including murder and sexual offences.

The event was attended by Police Minister, General Bheki Cele and other officials within the police department.

According to a statement issued on Monday, all security forces, civil society organisations, and government institutions will collaborate under the Country in Blue concept. 

Additionally, under this concept, all operating SAPS vehicles on the road will have their emergency warning blue lights turned on from sunset to sunrise (18:00 to 06:00). In order to ensure that police presence is increased, more operating vehicles will be marked.

The concept is also included in the Community Policing Strategy, which mobilises additional community patrollers to work closely with SAPS members as force multipliers in order to prevent all forms of criminality.

Furthermore, its ultimate purpose is to prevent and battle crimes such as gender-based violence and femicide, carjacking, business and residential robberies, and the proliferation of guns, under the theme "Extending our reach through blue light visibility."

SAPS National Commissioner, General Khehla Sitole further stated that the Country in Blue concept is one of many crime combatting strategies to maximise police visibility.

He added that since the aim is to maintain a high police presence in multiple locations at all times, the SAPS will introduce drone policing in problematic areas such as Inanda in Durban.

Our slogan is squeezing the space for criminals through a declaration of a psychological war, for being everywhere all the time. They won't have anywhere to go.

National Police Minister Bheki Cele also called for better collaboration between communities and the police. He stated that policing has changed and this means that police stations are no longer the centre, adding that the streets should be the centre of policing instead.  

More boots and blue lights on the ground not only means police officers are visible at all times to deter criminality but officers should also be quick to respond to the needs of communities.

The SAPS continues to encourage individuals to play a role in preventing and combating crime by naming and shaming criminals in their neighbourhoods.


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