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City's metro police remain on the frontline<span>'The City's Metro Police Department is a vital cog in the wheel to tackle crime. Their work load has increased during the national lockdown as they now have added responsibilities in ensuring regulations are adhered to. Officers have taken it in their stride, despite the challenges this has presented. <br><p>'Officers still go about their daily patrols taking part in joint operations, responding to incidents, enforcing laws and by-laws,' said the City of Cape Town's Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>From the start of the national lockdown, MPD officers attended to 7 015 incidents and arrested 316 people for a range of crimes which range from traffic contraventions to responding to protest action and other crime prevention patrols.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/mpd1.jpg" alt="" style="width:802px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>During the first two weeks of June, the department conducted 127 autonomous operations and 30 joint operations with other role players. </p><p>'Officers responded to an average of 87 incidents a day. Lockdown has presented its own challenges and while it is a stressful time for everyone, our officers cannot turn a blind eye to these violations. The public needs to familiarise themselves with what is allowed under the lockdown to avoid getting into unnecessary trouble with the law,' said Alderman Smith.</p><p>Officers also responded to incidents of stone-throwing and general protests. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/MPD2.jpg" alt="" style="width:802px;" /></figure></span><p>'Officers still spend a large amount of time and resources on responding to public violence and this is a concern at a time when there are much greater issues at hand. At the same time, officers need to ensure their own safety, so I call on the public to work with us as it's in all our interest to adhere to regulations. </p><p>'To those on the frontlines in our Safety and Security Directorate, I say thank you for your continued commitment and determination in helping to keep our city safe,' added Alderman Smith.</p><p>Any crime can be reported to the emergency number 10111, City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre on 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline.<br>  <br> <br><strong>End</strong><br></p><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> </figure>​​</span><span>​​</span>2020-06-16T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#78273557-84e5-4b4e-8960-1153e6941255;L0|#078273557-84e5-4b4e-8960-1153e6941255|Metro police;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#51755dd8-7376-4d07-b6e1-c8eb15809074;L0|#051755dd8-7376-4d07-b6e1-c8eb15809074|traffic enforcement1

 

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