What is Sector Policing?
Sector Policing means policing that focuses on small manageable sectors of a police station area. Sector Policing is a tool to implement Community Policing. This form of Policing is based on Partnerships between the Police, the Community, Local and Provincial Government, as well as the Business Sector.
Purpose of Sector Policing
- Perform targeted visible police patrols
- Ensure a rapid response to complaints
- Address crime generators
- Investigate reported cases
- Provide a localized policing service to the community in accordance with their respective needs
What is the role of the Sector Commander?
- To mobilize and organize the community in the sector to take action against local crime together with the police.
- To act as liaison between the community of the sector and the local police station.
- To act as a crime prevention officer, which involves being responsible for all plans and projects to address crime in the sector
What is the role of the community?
- Attend the Community Police Sub Forum meetings to discuss action plans with the sector commander in order to deal with crime in the sector
- Participate in neighbourhood initiatives to safeguard the area in which they live, work and play
- To take ownership of community policing and support the SAPS in the enforcement of the law
Structures for Community involvement in Policing
- Reservists (SAPS)
- CPF (SAPS Act)
- Community Patrol Groups
- Street Watches
- Street Committees
- Neighbourhood Watches
- Business Watches