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Enforcement operations shows high amount of drug related arrests<p>The City's Public Emergency Communication Centre logged 1 867 incidents between Friday, 2 September and Sunday, 4 September 2022. Medical related emergency calls amounted to 814 and motor vehicle accidents to 66.</p><p><strong>CAPE TOWN TRAFFIC SERVICES</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Traffic officers issued 57483 fines for traffic violations which included speeding offences. The number of public transport vehicles impounded amounted to 114. Officers also executed  1499 warrants of arrest.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Roadblocks conducted by officers netted 23 drivers for driving under the influence of alcohol  and six for reckless and negligent driving.</p><p><strong>LAW ENFORCEMENT </strong></p><p>Law Enforcement officers arrested 128 suspects of which 70 were for the illegal possession of or dealing in drugs. Officers also issued 3056 fines for various transgressions during weekly patrols.</p><p>Law Enforcement Advancement Plan officers accounted for 83 of the total amount of arrests. </p><p><strong>METRO POLICE </strong></p><p>Metro Police officers arrested 100 suspects which included 54 on drug related charges and 10 for driving while under the influence of alcohol. Other transgressions that led to arrests included commercial crime, domestic violence, possession of illegal fire arms, amongst other. Officers also issued 2919 fines for various by-law related transgressions.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">On Wednesday, 31 August 2022, officers conducted enforcement operations in  Gordons Bay and Strand areas where they arrested 12 suspects  between the ages of 23 – 53 years for drug related offences. Two of the arrests included resisting arrest, riotous behaviour, defeating the ends of justice and Crimen Injuria. The suspects were detained at  Gordons Bay and Strand South African Police Service(SAPS).  </p><p>On the same day, officers arrested four suspects for possession of drugs in the Eersteriver and Macassar area. Further patrols at night led to the arrest of three more suspects  for drug related offences in the Kleinvlei, Eersteriver area. The suspects aged 29-34 were arrested and detained  at Macassar and Kleinvlei SAPS.</p><p>'The amount of drug related arrests seems to be on the increase and officers will continue to prioritise these  serious offences. The selling of drugs often leads to more serious crimes. Dealing in drugs destroys innocent lives and families and those using drugs often become part of criminal activities. Arresting suspects and confiscating drugs will hopefully reduce further criminal activities and stop cash flow to gangs and criminals. Our officers will increase presence and visibility in communities based on information received. We would like to request members of the public to report illegal activities to officers so that they can respond and stop a crime before it happens,' said Alderman JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security. </p><p>Members of the public can report criminal activities by phoning 021 480 7700 from a cell phone and 107 from a landline.</p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p> </p><p><br></p>2022-09-04T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#4bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec;L0|#04bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec|law enforcement;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#78273557-84e5-4b4e-8960-1153e6941255;L0|#078273557-84e5-4b4e-8960-1153e6941255|Metro police;GP0|#1590d31e-7ad8-4e2e-9ac0-344400d98f63;L0|#01590d31e-7ad8-4e2e-9ac0-344400d98f63|traffic services10

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