Over the past week, the City’s law enforcement agencies have worked diligently to ensure safer roads and decreased lawlessness. The results of their efforts are evident in the impressive number of arrests and fines issued during weekly enforcement operations.
Impressive Arrest and Fine Numbers Achieved
During the week, the City’s Law Enforcement Department officers conducted over 500 enforcement operations, resulting in 223 arrests and 3,297 fines. This impressive feat can be attributed to the Law Enforcement Advancement Plan, which has played a significant role in arrests.
The Metro Police were also active during the week, arresting 79 suspects, 34 of whom were arrested for illegally possessing drugs and seven for driving under the influence of alcohol. Officers also issued 4,351 fines. In addition, the Metro Police collaborated with their SAPS counterparts to arrest two suspects for illegally possessing a firearm in Philippi East.
The Traffic Service also played a significant role in ensuring safer roads. During vehicle checkpoints, speed control operations, and roadblocks, officers issued 47,437 fines and arrested 56 suspects. Officers also impounded 227 public transport vehicles and executed 1,158 warrants of arrest.
Concerns Over Physical Assault Cases
Despite the impressive results achieved by the City’s law enforcement agencies, there is cause for concern about physical assault cases. The Public Emergency Communication Centre recorded 194 physical assault incidents, which is a worrying statistic.
Calls for Tougher Stance Against Crime and Lawlessness
The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith, has called for a stricter stance against crime and lawlessness. In conclusion, the City’s law enforcement agencies have made significant progress in ensuring safer roads and decreased lawlessness.
However, the high number of physical assault cases is a cause for concern, and more needs to be done to combat crime and lawlessness in the City. The City’s officers are doing their best to keep the streets safe, but speedy and effective convictions are needed to send out a clear message.