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SAPS Gauteng visits schools in Vaal Triangle

Adopt A Cop” Officers visit schools across the province as part of School Safety Programme

Michael Nephawe, Ankie Molefi, Cpt van Wyk.
Photo: Nathi Xulu

The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Gauteng is visiting schools across the province. SAPS spokesperson, Colonel Dimakatso Sello says, “This is part of the annual beginning of the year roll out of the School Safety Programme that is informed by the memorandum of understanding signed between the SAPS and the Department of Basic Education.”

Image: Constance van Niekerk

Colonel Sello goes on to say that the SAPS in Gauteng is committed to ensuring that schools in the province are a safe environment for pupils to learn and also for teachers to teach. She says, “Through the Adopt a Cop project, members at different police stations have “adopted” schools in their policing precinct. These partnerships have been established and are sustained to enable the school management to have a designated police officer as a point of contact to access the services that he school might need from the police station.”

Lt Gen Elias Mawela (3rd from right), Major Gen Zodwa Molefe, (2nd from right). Photo: Nathi Xulu

Through the ‘Adopt a Cop’ project each school has a designated police officer who is, “responsible for creating awareness at schools and sensitising learners on the dangers of bullying, substance abuse, dealing in drugs, carrying of dangerous weapons as well as gangsterism among other things.”

SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela. Photo: Nathi Xulu

Parents have not been left out at all. Colonel Sello explains, “The police will also focus their efforts on engaging parents on the safety of their children when they are being dropped off and picked up from schools.”

Safety tips from SAPS:

*When dropping kids off at school, ensure that the kids have safely entered the school yard before driving off.
*Teach children to move away from strangers at all times, to never give or tell strangers their name or where they live.

  • Do not write the child names or details on their backpacks or where it will be easily accessible to strangers.
  • Encourage children to use the buddy system and avoid walking or playing alone outside or in public places.
  • Practice basic safety skills with your child and teach them to memorise important information such as emergency contact details.
    *If you suspect that your child may be missing, act immediately by reporting at your nearest police station, there is no waiting period to report a missing child.

Article was written by Constance van Niekerk, Editor of Afrique Beat News

About Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.

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