The fight against drug trafficking and abuse, gangsterism, domestic violence, reckless driving and general lawlessness took a giant step forward when the Executive Mayor of DA-led Nelson Mandela Bay, Athol Trollip, opened a first-of-its-kind police precinct in the Northern Areas, Bloemendal in July this year.
This followed a promise made by the Mayor at the Metro Police Passing Out Parade held in March, namely that the Northern Areas would be a one of the focus areas for the Metro Police, working under the wing of the South African Police Services.
To date, two satellite stations have been opened and 114 new, quality Metro Police officers have been employed to contribute towards fighting crime and keeping the streets of NMB safer.
The officers have launched their own crime-fighting initiatives and will enforce municipal bylaws, set up road blocks focusing on vehicle and driver fitness, and undertake joint crime-fighting operations with the SAPS and government entities, like Home Affairs.
We embarked on an intensive Integrated Development Plan (IDP) where our community made it clear to us that they want a safe and caring city. That is a commitment we have made, and we must deliver on that.
– NMB Mayor, Athol Trollip.
Community members were equally excited about the opening of the facility, given the fact that crime has been a serious problem in their communities. The Metro Police came at the perfect time. Many community members were even pleased that the precinct has been built right in the heart of Bethelsdorp.
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