Munster/Glenmore community meeting resounding success

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STATEMENT BY MUNSTER/GLENMORE RATEPAYERS’ ASSOCIATION:

Nearly 100 Munster ratepayers and residents and their domestic staff met on Wednesday 26 March in the hall at Mittenwald Caravan Park to be briefed by Colonel Nkabinde, Station Commander at SAPS Port Edward and his management team on community cooperation with the SAPS.

Chairman of Munster Ratepayers, Vic Neilson, opened proceedings and praised the Colonel and his staff for their ongoing effort on behalf of all residents in the Port Edward policing area.  This sentiment was echoed throughout the meeting and during the question session that followed.

The Colonel emphasised how important it is for every incident that indicates criminal activity to be reported.  This enables the local Police Station staff to build up a picture of developing hot spots and to take proactive action accordingly.  He addressed the employees present on the need for them to tell their employers about suspicious behaviour they might have noted.  He also emphasised how counterproductive it was for employees to provide information to criminal elements that could assist them in their activities.  Assisting crime could only result in employers wanting to move away and jobs being lost.  The Colonel encouraged employers to screen potential employees, insist on identification documents being produced and then request the SAPS to access their system to determine whether there was any police record.

The Colonel emphasised how important it is for every incident that indicates criminal activity to be reported.  This enables the local Police Station staff to build up a picture of developing hot spots and to take proactive action accordingly.  He addressed the employees present on the need for them to tell their employers about suspicious behaviour they might have noted.  He also emphasised how counterproductive it was for employees to provide information to criminal elements that could assist them in their activities.  Assisting crime could only result in employers wanting to move away and jobs being lost.  The Colonel encouraged employers to screen potential employees, insist on identification documents being produced and then request the SAPS to access their system to determine whether there was any police record.

Ward One Councillor Dave Watson praised the SAPS Management team at Port Edward and emphasised how fortunate we are to have such impassioned, dedicated and competent police leading the force in our area.

John Irven of the Community Safety Organisation at Southport was then introduced to the meeting.  He spoke about the concept of community oriented policing (Cop) that they have introduced in Southport and that has recently received publicity in the local press.  At the conclusion of his talk some twenty members of the Munster community indicated their willingness to participate in Street Cop activity.

After the conclusion of a highly successful meeting everybody was invited to tuck into refreshments and snacks provided by the Munster Village Supermarket.

Munster residents requiring more information should contact Estelle Danielsen on 0393191414, mobile 0742314712 or email  HYPERLINK “mailto:danielsenestelle@gmail.com” danielsenestelle@gmail.com.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Contact     Vic Neilson: Chairman, Munster Glenmore Ratepayers and Residents Association

Postal       P O Box 59247 Munster 4278

Telephone  (039) 319 1720

Facsimile    (086) 532 7376

Mobile              083 320 9424

Email vneilson@mweb.co.za

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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