Plans are afoot to launch the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Police and the
City has set aside almost R4 million for the implementation and an additional
R224 million has already been budgeted for the 2015/2016 financial year.
The Metro Police Steering Committee led by the Safety and Security
Acting Executive Director: Shadrack Sibiya is hard at work in order to ensure
that all the legislative requirements are met which include a 24 hour service,
civilian oversight (in terms of section 64 J of the South African Police Service
Act, 1995). The first phase of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Police will kick
off on 30 April 2016.
"We are steadfast in our resolve to deal with the ongoing fight against
crime and gang related violence in our communities. Our strategy is in
implementing the Metro Police is to ensure that through the formation of
partnerships with the broader community, all policing agencies and other forums
and law enforcement partners, create a safe and secure environment for the
optimum functioning of all stakeholders within the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipal
Area, ” according to Acting City Manager Mr Johann Mettler.
quest to build safer communities through Taking Back Our City campaign, the
phased implementation of the Metro Police will amplify visible policing but most
importantly we have to create employment opportunities for our youth.
"It is for this reason that we are preoccupied with diversifying our
economy and deliver with a burning sense of urgency on the ocean economy,
township economy and the creative economy," added Mettler.
The role of the Metro Police has been misunderstood and it should be clear
that their role is not to replace the South African Police Service as a result
"on 30th April the Metro Police will be joining Operation Lockdown" spearheaded
by SAPS and this project has seen successes to date.
"There will be also be immediate visibility of the Metro Police in the
Northern Areas,” said Mr Mettler.
Cameras are installed in various parts of the Northern Areas linked to a
functional CCTV control room. The Metro Police will focus on a "broken window”
approach which is an opportunity to deal with by-laws, traffic enforcement and
Issued on behalf of the Acting City Manager of the Nelson Mandela Bay
Municipality, Johann Mettler (041 506 3209 / firstname.lastname@example.org