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Municipal public safety takes centre stage in Cape Town<p>​</p><span><p>Some of the topical issues discussed during the conference included the importance of  CCTV surveillance in local municipalities and accelerating safety by implementing tomorrow's technology.</p><p>'First and foremost I would like to convey my sincere gratitude to Syntell (Pty) Ltd and Lady T security services our sponsors and partners for the donation of blankets to Culemborg Safe Space Shelter. Despite the severe challenges we now confront we have the ability as professionals in the safety and security sector in local government to turn things around. The future of our profession depends on the direction we take and to what extent we embrace the fourth industrial revolution', said the president of IMPS-SA, Mr Joe Mabunda.</p><p>Alderman JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security delivered the key note address at the conference, themed 'Future of Local Government Law Enforcement'. The address included a presentation, outlining the City's programmes to actively promote safety partnerships and advocacy by expanding municipal policing powers and building the network of Neighbourhood Watches, among others. <br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>'It is important that the City participates in dialogue to discuss and share best practice examples and specialised information about the challenging safety and security environment within a local government context. One of the important drivers in fighting crime is effective information gathering and analysis, coupled with the use of technology. In this area, we are not only continuing to invest in the expansion of our CCTV footprint, but also investing in dashboard cameras, body cams and the eye in the sky technology, to mention a few. These tools are incredibly useful in detecting possible criminal acts and trends,' said Alderman Smith. </p><p>The City hosted the IMPSA delegates for their two-day conference at the City Hall, as well as a cocktail function at the Banqueting Hall.</p><p>The Safe Space donation is a welcome cherry on top of the robust discussions around public safety matters.</p><p>The handover of the blankets, valued at  R3000,00 took place earlier today at the Culemborg Safe Space. The Mayoral Committee for Community Service and Health, Councillor Patricia van der Ross, accompanied by Alderman Smith to receive the donation on behalf of the City of Cape Town.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>'We are delighted to receive the donation for the Culemborg Safe Space. It will assist greatly in the operational maintenance of this important transitional space, and serves as an example of how we can ensure a sustainable path to reintegration for persons living on the street, through partnerships between the City and its partners, but also communities,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia van der Ross.</p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2022-09-15T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#df5c4a5e-4d5c-4054-881b-73405b255c4e;L0|#0df5c4a5e-4d5c-4054-881b-73405b255c4e|Public safety;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#ebdb09d9-a518-40dc-a267-537432168ebe;L0|#0ebdb09d9-a518-40dc-a267-537432168ebe|Donation boxes;GPP|#ea2cb0e9-423b-4e43-baa1-d9b2312a663710

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