“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Ms. Yolanda Faro as the Municipality’s new Metro Police Chief, who will take up her post on the 1st December 2016. After years of uncertainty and sub-standard management, our Metro Police Service is now under world-class leadership, backed by years of exceptional experience,” said Executive Mayor Athol Trollip in a statement today
“Safety Security is a priority for the Metro’s new leadership. We are working tirelessly to build a Metro Police Service that is fully capacitated to fight crime, enforce by-laws and administer traffic regulations. As such, we plan to have 50 fully compliant and trained officers on the beat by the end of this year.
“Ms. Faro comes with a Bachelor of Technology in Policing, a National Diploma in Policing and 15 years of Safety Security experience, having most recently held the position of Acting Metro Police Chief in the City of Cape Town. Having excelled at various levels in Municipal Safety Security, Ms. Faro is excellently-equipped to take the Bay’s Metro Police Service forward.
“Working in collaboration with the South African Police Service, Ms. Faro will ensure that our Metro Police Service conducts intervention operations on an ongoing basis in the interest of turning Nelson Mandela Bay into a safe city.
“We look forward to welcoming Ms. Faro to the institution, where her leadership will undoubtedly take our Safety Security operations to brand new heights,” concluded Trollip.
In an August 2016 interview with Cape Town’s CCID, Faro said; “It’s been my passion to serve and protect for 18 years.
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.
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