Yolanda Faro always wanted to work in a policing environment. She started her career as a traffic officer, and with the advent of what was then known as the City Police, in 2001, she became a sergeant and soon thereafter, she was promoted to a precinct commander. In 2005 she was appointed as a Director responsible for the Cape Town area up to Simons Town as well as Woodstock and Maitland, Kensington, Pinelands, Epping , Langa and from Mowbray to Tokai. In April this year she was promoted to Deputy Chief responsible for Civilian Affairs, Internal Affairs, Information Management and Communication and Media.
The role of the Cape Town Metro police is threefold – they do traffic- and by-law enforcement and crime prevention. Some of their operations they do in conjunction with the SAPS; other operations they assist the Traffic Department , Law Enforcement and other City Departments for example housing and disaster management. The Metro Police Department with its different units, have regular integrated operations between the Tactical Response Unit, Drug Busters , Equestrian Unit and the Central Operations staff.
Operation Razor, the Metro Police’s current anti-crime initiative, implemented from September, has been successful thus far – more than 81 people have been arrested for drug-related offences and another 28 were arrested for other offences, whereas over 265 motorists were arrested for drunk driving. And with Operation Choke, the Metro Police clamp down on a certain area for a specific period of time, with random roadblocks and body searches, and the execution of search warrants on suspected drug houses.
Their approach is based on community policing principles: They are a professional policing service responsive to community needs; they form partnerships eg. neighbourhood watches with the community. They assist with problem solving where they consult and jointly identify and analyse the causes of crime and develop innovative measure to address these, with forums like the Community Policing Forums as well as the City’s Safety and Security portfolio meetings and the Civilian Oversight Committee.
Deputy Chief Faro is the chairperson of the Cape Town Metropolitan Police Women Network Forum. They empower the community, particularly the youth – they give talks on safety as well as the negative impact of drugs and alcohol at schools. They also focus on women and girls, with regard to safety tips and preventing abuse. This year alone, they visited an old age homes, several schools in disadvantaged areas, a hospital for disabled children and Pollsmoor prison, to feed, educate and entertain. Later this month they will kick off the 16 Days of Activism campaign and participate in the Men’s March.
The Metro Police have an ongoing working relationship with the Cape Town CID and Sea Point CID. The CCID also assist the Metro Police and SAPS with responding to the CCTV cameras in the City Centre. Over weekends they conduct operations that focus on crime and grime and by-law offences. They also liaise with other safety and security organisations, with representation on community policing forums and local crime combating meetings convened by the SAPS, where problem areas are identified.
Yolanda says that the CCID plays a significant role when it comes to addressing the city’s priorities with regard to security, cleansing and social development, functioning in a manner that is to the advantage of all who work, live, visit and use the city. “The Metro Police and the CCID have a proud working history and we will continue to enhance that relationship and partnership.”
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- To report any traffic offences, call 0860 765 423. Alternatively you can try the Traffic Department at Gallows Hill: 021 406 8700.