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westerncapeTimesLIVE reports that the Western Cape‘s crime-fighting efforts received a boost when 250 law-enforcement officers were recruited for the province’s most dangerous neighbourhoods.

On Monday, community safety MEC Albert Fritz said the new Law Enforcement Advancement Plan (Leap) officers would be ready for deployment in some of the crime hotspots in the Cape Flats by mid-December, in time for the festive season. In the next few weeks, the Leap officers will receive training in how to use a handgun, a tonfa (baton) and pepper spray, how to stop and approach people, as well as radio procedures. The new intake brings the number of Leap officers in the Western Cape to 1,081. The unit has 110 Leap commanders, who have already been deployed. To date, women make up almost half of the Leap officers. Fritz said the new officers would increase visible policing in the identified crime hotspots in Cape Town. The officers are being deployed as part of the Western Cape safety plan which was launched late in 2019, when the province and Cape Town were dealing with a murder epidemic. Premier Alan Winde previously indicated that the province would spend R1bn a year in a bid to halve the province’s murder rate in a decade. He said 3,000 law-enforcement officers would be trained to plug the policing gap caused by the understaffing and underfunding of the SA Police Service.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Sipokazi Fokazi at TimesLIVE
  • Read too, A further 250 officers to be deployed to hot spot areas in Cape Town, at Independent Media
  • And also, City of Cape Town enforcement agencies yield success, at Independent Media

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