As part of its “Adopt-A-Cop” school programme, the Dube SAPS in Winterveldt visited schools within Region 1 in the West area of Tshwane to address students and draw their attention to the challenges they encounter at school.
The visit was comprised of Dube Station Commander Capt Ramakgolela, Vispol Commander, Social Crime, Crime Prevention Wardens, Youth Desk, and CPF Siyabangena.
The programme is intended to enrich the participation of police officers in promoting safe and orderly school environments.
The Dube SAPS introduced the Adopt-A-Cop programme to Winterveldt Secondary, Merafeng Primary, Reimolotswe Primary, Molokotwa Dube Primary, Dikago Dintle Primary, Nick Mpshe Secondary, Itseng Primary, and Holy Trinity as part of its efforts to combat bullying, dangerous weapons, drugs, substance abuse, ill-discipline, and gangsterism.
Community-based crime prevention structures collaborate with SAPS to prevent, manage, and respond to school-related violence.
“School safety can be greatly enhanced when the CPF is employed as an ideal platform to address violence and crime in the community as it affects schools”
The Dube police frequently conduct initiatives in Winterveldt to raise crime awareness campaigns. It includes school outreach, youth engagement, and partnerships with faith-based organisations.
Several local organisations in attendance, including CATHCA, Bokamoso Skills Centre, and Waeza, whose goal is to get the youth off the streets by delivering services such as beadwork, computer, and agriculture, to keep them away from hazardous behaviour and prevent crime.
According to Vispol Commander, Warrant Officer Tembi Nowathe, learners were reminded that the holidays have ended and that they must work hard and concentrate on their academics.
“At all schools visited, there were no concerns discovered, and classes resumed without issues,” said Warrant Officer Tembi Nowathe.