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Police instability a big concern for Lansdowne community

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Police instability a big concern for Lansdowne community

by Laverne de Vries
03 Oct 2006
Peoples Post
Peoples Post

An increase in violent crime in the Lansdowne area was one of the main points of concern when key community roleplayers attended a Bambanani meeting on Wednesday, 20 September.

The meeting, which was the first of many to be held in the area, invited concerned residents to discuss crime-prevention strategies with the Department of Community Safety.

Aslam Salie, chairperson of the Lansdowne Community Police Forum, said that although the police are aware of the crime trends in Lansdowne, they are keen to address these issues in partnership with the community.

However, the feeling that too few residents showed interest in the community was evident in the attendance rate.

During the meeting, Lester September, a Lansdowne Civic Association member, raised another worrying issue: the fact that the station has had three different station commissioners in the past four months.

Commenting on his concern, Commissioner Raymond Strydom said the changes were made higher up in the police, but as far as he knew, the current commissioner, Charlene Chandler, would be staying at the station for a while.

"We understand residents' concerns but we hope that Senior Superintendent Chandler will bring stability to the station."

Salie said that the public should be informed of these changes and be kept up-to-date so that residents can form part of crime-prevention strategies.

"Although we understand that changes were made in the hierarchy by their superiors, we would like to know about these things so that we, as a community, can build our partnership with the police service in a bid to prevent crime in our area," he told People's Post.

For more information about the next Bambanani workshop, phone Constable Gail Delis on 0217009025.

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