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Safety of children is made a priority by Aliwal North SAPS

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Eastern Cape


EASTERN CAPE – Ahead of the National Victim Rights Week, the Aliwal North Cluster K9 Unit, Local Criminal Record Centre (LCRC), Corporate Communication, and Aliwal North Station Community Policing Officer, visited the Bollie Konyn Pre-Primary School to sensitise pre-schooling children on personal safety today, 11 September 2019. The National Victim Rights Week, which will be observed from 16 September, is aimed at empowering victims of crime and violence.

Captain Roelofse from Corporate Communication used illustrations to demonstrate precautions that can be taken to ensure personal safety and security. She advised the children to speak up when they feel threatened and unsafe. The precocious children recited the police emergency number 10111 with such enthusiasm and without any prompting.

The children were also told about the role of the LCRC in catching criminals. Warrant Officer Cawthorn demonstrated how various techniques and equipment are used to apprehend criminals.

The children were afforded the opportunity to have their handprints taken, which entertained them immensely in the interactive lesson. They also examined the figure-prints left on a dusted coffee mug.

When children saw the K9 dogs, Lulu and Rex, they shivered with excitement, unable to contain their eagerness to go out of the classroom and interact with the dogs.

Warrant Officer Schietekat explained to the children the different dogs in the K9 Unit and advised the children on the importance of taking care of the dog’s hygiene.

Thereafter, Sergeant Lange and his patrol dog, Lulu, amused the children with a line march, before Constable Lange and Rex (a patrol and explosives dog) had a practice run to search for explosives within the school’s parking lot, at the end of the visit.

The Aliwal North Acting Cluster Commander, Colonel Mpho Rabela, has taken a stern stance in curbing crime within the cluster and encourages all members to go out and engage with community members. “The SAPS is serious about taking positive steps towards eradicating the violence directed to children and women. I am very proud of members who go out into the community, with preventative measures, to educate children on personal safety and security”, he stated. 



Captain Roelofse
082 779 7109



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