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LEAP deployment to top 1 000 soon<p>​</p><span><p>​​​​​​The Law Enforcement Advancement Programme (LEAP) will be further bolstered soon with the addition of 233 officers.<br> <br>LEAP is a joint initiative between the City of Cape Town's Safety and Security Directorate and the Western Cape Provincial Government.<br> <br>All officers attached to the initiative undergo the required training, including Peace Officer Training, bylaw training and also obtain a Traffic Warden Certificate. They also assist other enforcement agencies with crime prevention.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:887px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>The latest group of recruits will complete their training by December, and will assume active duty as soon as they have received their appointment cards. </p><p>Their deployment will take the overall number of officers assigned to LEAP to 1 084.<br> <br>‘LEAP has provided a massive boost to the City’s enforcement efforts. The impact of the programme has become more and more evident over time, particularly with the increased resources devoted to it, in some of our most crime-plagued suburbs. The staff are doing excellent work and have helped ease the pressure on enforcement services across the board. In the last year, staff have made nearly 3  000 arrests and confiscated 81 firearms. I have no doubt that the deployment of additional staff in the near future will further bolster these impressive successes.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:837px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>‘These successes are also yet another example of why we must oppose any efforts by national government to take control of local policing resources,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:952px;" /> </figure></span><p><span>​​</span><span>​​ <br>The table below offers a snapshot of the successes achieved by LEAP officers between September 2020 and 26 September 2021.</span></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>CATEGORY</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>STATISTICS</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>FIREARMS CONFISCATED</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">81</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>AMMUNITION CONFISCATED</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">595</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>ARRESTS</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2 954</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>PREMISES SEARCHED</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">6 685</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>SHEBEENS INSPECTED</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2 516</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>SHEBEENS CLOSED</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">549</td></tr></tbody></table><span><br><br>LEAP officers are currently deployed in Kraaifontein, Harare and Site B in Khayelitsha, Mfuleni, Delft , Philippi, Mitchells Plain, Bishop Lavis, Nyanga and as a reaction unit in Gugulethu.<br> <br>Areas next in line for deployment include Atlantis, Samora Machel, Philippi East and a dedicated group in Gugulethu.<br> <br>‘There can be no doubt that LEAP has made a massive difference since its inception. We see it in the level of visible policing in the areas where they are deployed, as well as the enforcement successes that are being recorded. Given our policing challenges, more boots on the ground is a step in the right direction, but we need a holistic approach to crime fighting. The conviction rate and related rehabilitation measures need to match the enforcement rate if we are to make a meaningful difference in the lives of our communities,’ added Alderman Smith.<br> <br> <br><strong>End</strong></span>2021-10-02T22:00:00ZGP0|#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|#3bdea1a3-b12c-4b06-9730-f22effed649b;L0|#03bdea1a3-b12c-4b06-9730-f22effed649b|Recruitment;GP0|#a1c4af43-4c68-4614-a677-f8e59f244571;L0|#0a1c4af43-4c68-4614-a677-f8e59f244571|safety and order10

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