Lawlessness and ignorance of municipal bylaws in Nelson Mandela Bay will soon be a thing of the past. This follows the induction of more than a hundred Metro Police officers by the Municipality in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.
The inducted officers will form part of the 45 officers who were already on the ground working with the South African Police Services. Of the 111 Metro Police officers 67 are new appointments while others were already within the municipal employ as security and traffic officers.
The inducted officers are expected to hit the ground running in areas of bylaw and general law enforcement. Their operations will be under the guidance of the South African Police Services Port Elizabeth command. Metro Police will also be embarking on joint operations with the South African Police Services on a number of focus projects.
Speaking at the induction, a visibly excited Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Councillor John Best said the induction was a historic moment for the City.
“We have waited for this day for the past seven years. The current government through the Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip made a commitment to make this project a priority. Today we have delivered on our commitment and in the process we have created 67 new jobs. These jobs have been given to people who have showed commitment and passion about the future of this city through all the training process. We are now confident that Nelson Mandela Bay will be a safe City to live, work and invest in,” said Councillor Best.
Newly appointed Metro Police Constable, Duncan Mclean was emotional about his appointment. “I have waited for this opportunity for about 10 years now. This is the best moment of my life. I am passionate about policing and helping people. I am also passionate about this City. To be part of a team that will make sure that the City is safe is a huge privilege for me. I cannot wait for my first deployment,” said the Bethelsdorp born constable.
In this group of Metro Police officers 8 of them are inspectors, 12 are sergeants and the remaining are all constables. According to the Metro Police Chief, Yolanda Faro the Metro Police force will focus on the areas of Bethelsdorp and Uitenhage.
“Bethelsdorp and Uitenhage will be our focus while we will also deploy in other areas whenever necessary. We will also be joining forces with the South African Police Services when they embark on different operations across the City. We will also continue to skill our officers in different and latest law enforcement programmes so that they could be capable of dealing with any situation, ” said Faro.