The appointment of 10 new auxiliary law enforcement inspectors is yet another first for the City of Cape Town and comes five years after the volunteer service was first launched. Read more below:

Ten of the City’s auxiliary law enforcement members earned their inspector stripes at a ceremony which was held in Observatory, 12 October 2018.

The Law Enforcement Auxiliary Volunteer initiative was first launched five years ago and was a first of its kind in the country to assist permanent law enforcement staff with the enforcement of by-law contraventions and visible policing in the metro.

The initiative allows for members of the public to register as volunteers to perform and assist with law enforcement duties. In November 2013, the first batch of 16 volunteers were deployed for their first active patrol after undergoing training at the Metro Police College in the Criminal Procedure Act and other components applicable to their duties. The Auxiliary Unit has since grown to 452 members.

Until now, the volunteer law enforcement officers have performed their duties under the supervision of permanent staff, but the training and appointment of the auxiliary law enforcement inspectors means that first-line supervisors can now be chosen from within their own ranks.

The new inspectors have completed training in a number of facets including human resource procedures, City policies and the Criminal Procedure Act.

‘Our auxiliary law enforcement staff are valuable resources. Just last month, two officers on patrol in Kalk Bay spotted a car guard who turned out to be involved in a drug deal. The officers confronted the perpetrator and found him to be in possession of eight packets of cocaine, nearly twenty thousand rand in cash, ATM cards and various driver’s  licences  belonging to different people. Since the unit’s establishment, they have assisted with arrests for the possession of illegal firearms, hijacked vehicles, housebreaking (the crow bar gang operating in Diep River to highlight a well-known gang) and drug dealing,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

Some of the auxiliary officers have been trained in special skills and are deployed to specialised enforcement units such as to the Marine Unit that deals with the poaching of marine resources.

‘We are extremely fortunate to have such a strong culture of volunteerism in Cape Town. Apart from our law enforcement volunteers, we also have an equally strong and dedicated corps in our Disaster Risk Management Department. They do this without reward and the only incentive is to help build safer communities. They are to be commended and I hope that their commitment will spur on others to follow suit,’ said Alderman Smith.

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